Quantum Physics Meets the Philosophy of Mind: New Essays on the Mind-Body Relation in Quantum-Theoretical Perspective

Quantum Physics Meets the Philosophy of Mind: New Essays on the Mind-Body Relation in Quantum-Theoretical Perspective


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Quantum physics, in contrast to classical physics, allows non-locality and indeterminism in nature. Moreover, the role of the observer seems indispensable in quantum physics. In fact, quantum physics, unlike classical physics, suggests a metaphysics that is not physicalism (which is today’s official metaphysical doctrine). As is well known, physicalism implies a reductive position in the philosophy of mind, specifically in its two core areas, the philosophy of consciousness and the philosophy of action. Quantum physics, in contrast, is compatible with psychological non-reductionism, and actually seems to support it. The essays in this book explore, from various points of view, the possibilities of basing a non-reductive philosophy of mind on quantum physics. In doing so, they not only engage with the ontological and epistemological aspects of the question but also with the neurophysiological ones.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783110554731
Publisher: De Gruyter
Publication date: 06/26/2017
Series: Philosophische Analyse / Philosophical Analysis Series , #56
Pages: 220
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Antonella Corradini, Catholic University of Milan, Italy; Uwe Meixner, University of Augsburg, Germany.

Table of Contents

Preface 1

Part I Quantum Physics and the Mind

Quantum Physics and Philosophy of Mind Henry P. Stapp 5

Of Quantum Physics and DOMINDARs Uwe Meixner 17

Quantum Mechanics and Intentionaiity Godehard Brüntrup 35

Quantum Physics and the Fundamentality of the Mental Antonella Corradini 51

Quantum Mechanics and Dualism Jeff Barrett 65

Part II Quantum Physics, Consciousness, Agency, and Free Will

Consciousness in the Quantum World: An Indian Perspective Ulrich Morhoff 85

Consciousness, Free Will and Quantum Brain Biology - The "Orch OR" Theory Stuart Hameroff 99

Physics, Free Will, and Temporality in the Open World Massimo Pauri 135

Quantum Physics, Action and Free Will: How Might Free Will Be Possible in a Quantum Universe? Robert Kane 163

Quantum Stochasticity and (the End of) Neurodeterminism Peter Jedlicka 183

Name Index 199

Subject Index 203

The Contributors 209

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