The Phenomenological Mind: An Introduction to Philosophy of Mind and Cognitive Science

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The Phenomenological Mind is the first book to properly introduce fundamental questions about the mind from the perspective of phenomenology. Key questions and topics covered include:

  • What is phenomenology?
  • naturalizing phenomenology and the empirical cognitive sciences
  • phenomenology and consciousness
  • consciousness and self-consciousness, including perception and action
  • time and consciousness, including William James
  • intentionality
  • the embodied mind
  • action
  • knowledge of other minds
  • situated and extended minds
  • phenomenology and personal identity

Interesting and important examples are used throughout, including phantom limb syndrome, blindsight and self-disorders in schizophrenia, making The Phenomenological Mind an ideal introduction to key concepts in phenomenology, cognitive science and philosophy of mind.

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About the Author:

Shaun Gallagher is Professor and Chair of Philosophy and Cognitive Sciences at the University of Central Florida and Research Professor of Philosophy and Cognitive Science at the University of Hertfordshire. He is the author of How the Body Shapes the Mind (2005) and co-editor of Does Consciousness Cause Behavior? An Investigation of the Nature of Volition (2006).

Dan Zahavi is Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Center for Subjectivity Research at the University of Copenhagen. He is the author of Subjectivity and Selfhood (2006) and Husserl’s Phenomenology (2003).

 

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'Though Gallagher and Zahavi call their book an introduction, it is far more than an introduction. It is the most comprehensive work on what phenomenology has to say about cognition and consciousness and how it relates to the scientific study of cognition to date.' – Abstracta

"...upper level philosophy students, postgraduates, and anyone interested in a non-computational, non-reductive, scientifically informed view of the mind will find it, I am sure, extremely helpful and illuminating. ... both phenomenologists and cognitive scientists can profit from this excellent and timely treatment." - Mind

'Offering a fresh new approach, this clear and accessible book shows the relevance of phenomenology to contemporary investigations of the mind and brain. It will be useful for students and scholars alike in the cognitive sciences who wish to gain a better understanding of Phenomenology and its relevance to their research.' – Evan Thompson, University of Toronto, Canada

'This excellent and much-needed book offers the first comprehensive introduction to phenomenological philosophy of mind. Written by two internationally renowned contributors to this exciting and fast-growing interdisciplinary field, it will be an indispensable resource for students and researchers alike.' – Matthew Ratcliffe, Durham University, UK

'Co-authored by two of the most prominent and respected contributors to the field, this is an outstanding book, and a very welcome and much-needed addition to the literature.' – Daniel Hutto, University of Hertfordshire, UK

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