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Ecology of the Brain: The phenomenology and biology of the embodied mind - International Perspectives In Philosophy & Psychiatry (Hardback)
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Ecology of the Brain: The phenomenology and biology of the embodied mind - International Perspectives In Philosophy & Psychiatry (Hardback)

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Hardback 370 Pages / Published: 14/12/2017
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Present day neuroscience places the brain at the centre of study. But what if researchers viewed the brain not as the foundation of life, rather as a mediating organ? Ecology of the Brain addresses this very question. It considers the human body as a collective, a living being which uses the brain to mediate interactions. Those interactions may be both within the human body and between the human body and its environment. Within this framework, the mind is seen not as a product of the brain but as an activity of the living being; an activity which integrates the brain within the everyday functions of the human body. Going further, Fuchs reformulates the traditional mind-brain problem, presenting it as a dual aspect of the living being: the lived body and the subjective body - the living body and the objective body. The processes of living and experiencing life, Fuchs argues, are in fact inextricably linked; it is not the brain, but the human being who feels, thinks and acts. For students and academics, Ecology of the Brain will be of interest to those studying or researching theory of mind, social and cultural interaction, psychiatry, and psychotherapy.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199646883
Number of pages: 370
Weight: 700 g
Dimensions: 242 x 164 x 25 mm


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Ecology of the Brain is a far-reaching book that touches on multiple topics and can be taken from many different directions ... a valuable contribution to the field of psychological medicine. * Susana Ramirez-Vizcaya, The Journal of Mind and Behavior *
Thomas Fuchs ... presents a brilliant review of literature integrating phenomenological philosophy, biology, and complex systems theory to argue for an ecological view of the mind and brain as being embedded in the relation of the living organism and its environment. ... Dr. Fuchs' work is astute, incisive, integrative, and provocative. * Susan Gordon, The Humanistic Psychologist *
Thomas Fuchs's work Ecology of the Brain is a unique, critically sharp contribution. It is marked with fascinating and paradigmatic interdisciplinary integration of philosophical reflexion and impressive range of neuroscientific knowledge, exceeding the often narrow, reductive and mono-perspective - "exact" - scientific thinking, to represent a phenomenological approach for the future interdisciplinary studies on brain and mind. * Luka Janes, Synthesis Philosophica *
This volume will not only be relevant to researchers interested in the philosophy of mind and the role to be played by the human sciences in this domain, but it will also be a valuable addition to any psychiatric training program. * Anya Daly, Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences *
[we] owe a debt of gratitude to Fuchs, and to Merleau-Ponty, for so compellingly restoring a solid foundation for continued phenomenological research, and compassionate care, in the face of increasing efforts to reconceptualize both the self and subjectivity as empty illusions. * Larry Davidson, Journal of Phenomenological Psychology *
Ecology of the brain supports a clear shift from a naturalistic to a personalistic concept of the human being in neuroscience especially. This requires a "cultural biology", as Fuchs puts it, and opens up new opportunities for the study of how we enact life in a shared social world. * Alfonsina Scarinzi, Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology *
Ecology of the brain is a recommended reading not only for everyone interested in psychology, neurosciences, psychopathology and so forth, but also for anyone interested in theoretical philosophy today. * Diego DAngelo, Universitat Koblenz-Landau, Phenomenlogical Reviews *

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