History, Philosophy and Theory of the Life Sciences

Brain, Mind and Consciousness in the History of Neuroscience

Editors: Smith, C.U.M., Whitaker, Harry (Eds.)

  • Traces significant work in neuroscience, from classical antiquity to the 21st century
  • Presents historic milestones in the investigation of correlating brain activity with consciousness
  • Examines the problem of mind at the interface between science and the humanities, looking at how the problem should be posed
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About this book

This volume of essays examines the problem of mind, looking at how the problem has appeared to neuroscientists (in the widest sense) from classical antiquity through to contemporary times. Beginning with a look at ventricular neuropsychology in antiquity, this book goes on to look at Spinozan ideas on the links between mind and body, Thomas Willis and the foundation of Neurology, Hooke’s mechanical model of the mind and Joseph Priestley’s approach to the mind-body problem.

The volume offers a chapter on the 19th century Ottoman perspective on western thinking. Further chapters trace the work of nineteenth century scholars including George Henry Lewes, Herbert Spencer and Emil du Bois-Reymond. The book covers significant work from the twentieth century, including an examination of Alfred North Whitehead and the history of consciousness, and particular attention is given to the development of quantum consciousness. Chapters on slavery and the self and the development of an understanding of Dualism bring this examination up to date on the latest 21st century work in the field.

At the heart of this book is the matter of how we define the problem of consciousness itself: has there been any progress in our understanding of the working of mind and brain? This work at the interface between science and the humanities will appeal to experts from across many fields who wish to develop their understanding of the problem of consciousness, including scholars of Neuroscience, Behavioural Science and the History of Science.

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From the book reviews:

“The editors of and contributors to this volume are to be commended for rescuing from oblivion a number of historical philosophers and neuroscientists from classical Greece to the present. … This volume is highly recommended for programs in the history of psychology and neuroscience, cognitive science, and the philosophy of mind.” (Paul E. Tibbetts, The Quarterly Review of Biology, Vol. 90 (1), March, 2015)

“Any professional in the biological and social sciences with an interest in the genesis of mind-body problems or the current status of consciousness related to brain functioning would profit from reading this volume. … Anyone teaching a history of psychology or of neuroscience at the graduate level could use this text. … The collected essays provide an excellent selective history of the ‘hard problem’ and a sense of current theorizing about the problem.” (Dennis Jowaisas, PsyCRITIQUES, Vol. 60 (9), March, 2015)


Table of contents (18 chapters)

  • Beginnings: Ventricular Psychology

    Smith, C. U. M.

    Pages 1-19

  • Return of the Repressed: Spinozan Ideas in the History of the Mind and Brain Sciences

    Meehan, William

    Pages 21-42

  • ‘Struck, As It Were, with Madness’: Phenomenology and Animal Spirits in the Neuropathology of Thomas Willis

    Tabb, Kathryn

    Pages 43-57

  • Hooke’s Mechanical Mind

    MacIntosh, J. J.

    Pages 59-73

  • Joseph Priestley: An Instructive Eighteenth Century Perspective on the Mind-Body Problem

    Beretta, Alan

    Pages 75-89

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eBook $139.00
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Hardcover $179.00
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Softcover $179.00
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  • Due: October 20, 2016
  • ISBN 978-94-024-0619-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Brain, Mind and Consciousness in the History of Neuroscience
Editors
  • C.U.M. Smith
  • Harry Whitaker
Series Title
History, Philosophy and Theory of the Life Sciences
Series Volume
6
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-017-8774-1
DOI
10.1007/978-94-017-8774-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-017-8773-4
Softcover ISBN
978-94-024-0619-1
Series ISSN
2211-1948
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 369
Number of Illustrations and Tables
21 b/w illustrations, 6 illustrations in colour
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