Knižní tip: Ecology of the Brain


Ecology of the Brain

The phenomenology and biology of the embodied mind

Thomas Fuchs


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.


Publikace: Rolf Kühn (ed.) – Pathos und Schmerz

Pathos und Schmerz

Kühn, Rolf
Pathos und Schmerz
Beiträge zur phänomenologisch-therapeutischen Relevanz immanenter Lebensaffektion
256 Seiten, Kartoniert
€[D] 39,-
ISBN: 978-3-495-48923-9
Jeder Schmerz und jedes Leiden besitzt seine apriorische Ermöglichung in der Selbstaffektion des Lebens als dessen Sich-selbst-Erleiden und Sich-selbst- Erfreuen. Im vorliegenden Sammelband geht es vor allem um die psychotherapeutischen Konsequenzen: Wie kann eine solche radikal phänomenologische Ur-Erprobung auf individuelle Heilungsprozesse angewandt werden? Wie kann die tiefenpsychologische und existenzanalytische Praxis Impulse aus der Weiterentwicklung der affektivmaterialen Lebensphänomenologie aufnehmen?

Publikace: Pädagogik-Phänomenologie

The conference proceedings entitled “Pedagogy – Phenomenology. Defining Relations and Challenges” have recently been published. They document the 3rd symposium on Phenomenological Research in Education entitled “Pedagogy Phenomenology – Phenomenology Pedagogy”, held in September 2015. Editors are Malte Brinkmann, Marc Fabian Buck and Sales Severin Rödel.

These conference proceedings are the third of the conference series “Phenomenological Research in Education” and investigate the similarities and differences of Phenomenology and Pedagogy from a historical, a systematic, a practice-oriented and a methodological standpoint. Traditional and recent approaches in the field of Phenomenological Research in Education in Germany as well as in the international discourse are compiled and evaluated productively. The relationship between Pedagogy and Phenomenology is discussed and demonstrated in the form of Phenomenological Description and Analysis, historical as well as systematic research, studies on learning and education in the classroom context and investigations regarding phenomenological research practice.

Table of contents:
I) Systematic and Historical Studies on the Relation of Pedagogy and Phenomenology
II) Pedagogical Phenomena
III) Pedagogy and Phenomenology in the Classroom Context
IV) Phenomenology as a Practice of Pedagogical Research

Knižní tip: Dan Zahavi – Self and Other

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Self and Other

Exploring Subjectivity, Empathy, and Shame

Dan Zahavi

  • Original work by a leading scholar of his generation
  • Brings together analytic philosophy and phenomenology
  • A new answer to the question of what selfhood is, and how we should understand it

Can you be a self on your own or only together with others? Is selfhood a built-in feature of experience or rather socially constructed? How do we at all come to understand others? Does empathy amount to and allow for a distinct experiential acquaintance with others, and if so, what does that tell us about the nature of selfhood and social cognition? Does a strong emphasis on the first-personal character of consciousness prohibit a satisfactory account of intersubjectivity or is the former rather a necessary requirement for the latter?
Engaging with debates and findings in classical phenomenology, in philosophy of mind and in various empirical disciplines, Dan Zahavi’s new book Self and Other offers answers to these questions. Discussing such diverse topics as self-consciousness, phenomenal externalism, mindless coping, mirror self-recognition, autism, theory of mind, embodied simulation, joint attention, shame, time-consciousness, embodiment, narrativity, self-disorders, expressivity and Buddhist no-self accounts, Zahavi argues that any theory of consciousness that wishes to take the subjective dimension of our experiential life serious must endorse a minimalist notion of self. At the same time, however, he also contends that an adequate account of the self has to recognize its multifaceted character, and that various complementary accounts must be integrated, if we are to do justice to its complexity. Thus, while arguing that the most fundamental level of selfhood is not socially constructed and not constitutively dependent upon others, Zahavi also acknowledges that there are dimensions of the self and types of self-experience that are other-mediated. The final part of the book exemplifies this claim through a close analysis of shame.


Knižní tip: How Colours Matter to Philosophy

How Colours Matter to Philosophy Book Cover

How Colours Matter to Philosophy

Silva, Marcos (Ed.)

  • Examines the logical and linguistic aspects of colours as philosophical problems
  • Offers a historically informed discussion of colours
  • Coverage bridges continental and analytic philosophy

This edited volume explores the different and seminal ways colours matter to philosophy. Each chapter provides an insightful analysis of one or more cases in which colours raise philosophical problems in different areas and periods of philosophy.

This historically informed discussion examines both logical and linguistic aspects, covering such areas as the mind, aesthetics and the foundations of mathematics. The international contributors look at traditional epistemological and metaphysical issues on the subjectivity and objectivity of colours. In addition, they also assess phenomenological problems typical of the continental tradition and contemporary problems in the philosophy of mind. The chapters include coverage of such topics as Newton’s and Goethe’s theory of light and colours, how primary qualities are qualitative and colours are primary, explaining colour phenomenology, and colour in cognition, language and philosophy.