Consciousness and the self

Di Francesco, Michele (2008) Consciousness and the self. Functional Neurology; New Trends in Interventional Neurosciences, 23 (4). pp. 179-187. ISSN 1971-3274

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In this paper I argue that, even though there is no doubt that to understand consciousness we have to understand the brain, the idea that a complete understanding of the essence of the phenomenon of human consciousness might derive from neuroscience alone is more disputable. Major progress in our understanding of the phenomenon of consciousness can certainly derive from neuroscience, but, as far as human consciousness is concerned, the thesis that since consciousness starts as a biological reality the proper locus of its analysis and explanation lies in neuroscience encounters serious difficulties. In particular, any theory of human consciousness that entails an explanation of the genesis and the nature of the subject of experience would require reference to social and cultural phenomena as well as to biological phenomena: the science of human consciousness, then, cannot avoid being intrinsically pluralistic in character

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Consciousness, language, neuroscience, self, society
Subjects: 600 Tecnologia - Scienze applicate > 610 Medicina e salute (Classificare qui la tecnologia dei servizi medici) > 616 Malattie (classificare qui la Clinica medica, la medicina basata sull'evidenza, la Medicina interna, la Medicina sperimentale) > 616.8 Malattie del sistema nervoso e disturbi mentali (Classificare qui la Neuropsichiatria, la Neurologia) > 616.8001 Scienze neurologiche – Filosofia e teoria (Classificare qui la Neurofilosofia)
Depositing User: Danilo Dezzi
Date Deposited: 09 Jul 2012 14:10
Last Modified: 09 Jul 2012 14:10

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