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The Peripheral Mind: Philosophy of Mind and the Peripheral Nervous System

ISBN : 9780199989607

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Author: 
Istvan Aranyosi
Pages
256 Pages
Format
Hardcover
Size
163 x 243 mm
Pub date
Jul 2013
Series
Philosophy of the Mind
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The Peripheral Mind introduces a novel approach to a wide range of issues in the philosophy of mind by shifting the focus of analysis from the brain to the Peripheral Nervous System (PNS). Contemporary philosophy of mind has neglected the potential significance of the PNS and has implicitly assumed that, ultimately, sensory and perceptual experience comes together in the brain. Istvan Aranyosi proposes a philosophical hypothesis according to which peripheral processes are considered as constitutive of sensory states rather than merely as causal contributors to them. Part of the motivation for the project is explained in the autobiographical opening chapter, which describes the author's subjective experiences with severe peripheral nerve damage. Although Aranyosi's approach could be classified as part of the current "embodied mind" paradigm in the philosophy of mind and cognitive neuroscience, this is the first time that notions like "embodiment" and "body" in general are replaced by the more focused concept of the PNS. Aranyosi puts the hypothesis to the test and offers novel solutions to puzzles related to physicalism, functionalism, mental content, embodiment, the extended mind hypothesis, tactile-proprioceptive illusions, as well as to some problems in neuroethics, such as abortion and requests for amputation of healthy body parts. The diversity of the volume's methodology-which results from a combination of conceptual analysis, discussion of neuroscientific data, philosophical speculation, and first-person phenomenological accounts-makes the book both engaging and highly informative.

Index: 

Preface and Acknowledgments
Chapter I: Margins of Me: a Personal Story
PART 1: MINDS AND NERVES
Chapter II: A Philosophical Hypothesis
II.1 PMH as a philosophical hypothesis
II.2 PMH and the case of visual awareness research
II.3 Causal versus constitutive contribution
Chapter III: Return of the C fibers, or Philosophers' Lack of Nerve
III.1 Well, maybe the mind is the brain ... somewhere
III.2 Folk neuroscience and the philosophy of mind
III.3 Nervous systems and closet sunsum theory
Chapter IV: Toward a Well-Innervated Philosophy of Mind
IV.1 'It's just cables!'
IV.2 Functionalist troubles?
The mad pain problem
The problem of pseudo-normal vision
The China-brain problem
The triviality problem
PART 2: BOUNDS OF MIND
Chapter V: Semantic Externalism
V.1 Twin Earth
V.2 Anti-Narrowness and Determination
V.3 Anti-wideness
V.4 Skinternalism: an Anti-Internalist Individualism
V.5 Some further issues
Chapter VI: Mind Extended
VI.1 Allegedly extended processes
VI.2 Allegedly extended states
PART 3: MIND EMBODIED
Chapter VII: Embodiment and the Peripheral Mind
VII.1 'Fingers crossed for the embodied mind!'
VII.2 Phenomenal embodiment and innervation
VII.3 Against proper disembodiment
Chapter VIII: Against Action as Constitutive of Mind
VIII.1 Embodied central processing
VIII.2 The conceptual role of the Neuromuscular Junction
VIII. 3 A brief critique of action-based (sensorimotor) theories
PART 4: MIND AND ETHICS
Chapter IX: Issues in Neuroethics
IX.1 Abortion: Thick potentiality
IX.2 Amputation: Peripheral precedence
Chapter X: Concluding Remarks
References
Name Index
Topic Index

About the author: 

Istvan Aranyosi was born in Sighet/Maramarossziget, in the north of Transylvania, in 1975. He studied philosophy in Budapest, at the Central European University, where he obtained his PhD in 2005. In 2006-2007 he was a fellow at the Centre for Consciousness, The Australian National University. He is currently Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Bilkent University, Ankara. In 2012 he obtained Honorable Mention for his essay A new argument for mind-brain identity at the American Philosophical Association's prestigious biennial Article Prize.

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