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TitlePhilosophical Dimensions of the Neuro-Medical Sciences [electronic resource] : Proceedings of the Second Trans-Disciplinary Symposium on Philosophy and Medicine Held at Farmington, Connecticut, May 15-17, 1975 / edited by Stuart F. Spicker, H. Tristram Engelhardt
ImprintDordrecht : Springer Netherlands, 1976
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Descript VI, 274 p. online resource


Although the investigation and regulation of the faculties of the human mind appear to be the proper and sole concern of philosophers, you see that they are in some part nevertheless so little foreign to the medical forum that while someone may deny that they are proper to the physician he cannot deny that physicians have the obligaยญ tion to philosophize. Jerome Gaub, De regimine mentis, IV, 10 ([ 10], p. 40) The Second Trans-Disciplinary Symposium on Philosophy and Medicine, whose principal theme was 'Philosophical Dimensions of the Neuro-Medical Sciences,' convened at the University of Connecticut Health Center at the invitation of Robert U. Massey, Dean of the School of Medicine, during May 15, 16, and 17, 1975. The Proceedings constitute this volume. At this Symposium we intended to realize sentiments which Sir John Eccles exยญ pressed as director of a Study Week of the Pontificia Academia Scientiarum, CiWl del Vaticano, in the fall of 1964: "Certainly when one comes to a [study] . . . devoted to brain and mind it is not possible to exclude relations with philosophy" ([5], p. viii). During that study week in 1964, a group of distinguished biomedical and behavioral scientists met under the directorยญ ship of Sir John C. Eccles to relate psychology to what Sir John called 'the Neurosciences. ' The purpose of that study week was to treat issues conยญ cerning the functions of the brain and, in particular, to concentrate upon the relations between brain functions and consciousness


Section I / Historical Foundations of Modern Neurology -- Varieties of Cartesian Experience in Early Nineteenth Century Neurophysiology -- Historical Development of the Concept of Hemispheric Cerebral Dominance -- Reflections on Our Condition: The Geography of Embodiment Comments on โ{128}{152}Varieties of Cartesian Experience in Early Nineteenth Century Neurophysiologyโ{128}{153} and โ{128}{152}Historical Development of the Concept of Hemispheric Cerebral Dominanceโ{128}{153} -- Section II / Philosophical Implications of Psychosurgery -- Persons and Psychosurgery -- Psychosurgery: Whatโ{128}{153}s the Issue? Comments on โ{128}{152}Persons and Psychosurgeryโ{128}{153} -- Section III / Neural Integration and the Emergence of Consciousness -- Mind, It Does Matter -- Mind and Brain: The Embodied Person -- The Misleading Mediation of the Mental: Comments, on โ{128}{152}Mind, It Does Matterโ{128}{153} and โ{128}{152}Mind and Brain: The Embodied Personโ{128}{153} -- Section IV / The Causal Aspect of the Psycho-Physical Problem: Implications for Neuro-Medicine -- On the Power or Impotence of Subjectivity -- The Spurious Psyche-Soma Distinction: Comments on โ{128}{152}On the Power or Impotence of Subjectivityโ{128}{153} -- Section V / Altered Affective Responses to Pain -- Pain and Unpleasantness -- Pain โ{128}{148} The Existential Symptom -- The Evaluation of Pain Responses: A Need for Improved Measures -- Pain and Suffering: Comments on โ{128}{152}Pain and Unpleasantness,โ{128}{153} โ{128}{152}Pain โ{128}{148} The Existential Symptom,โ{128}{153} and โ{128}{152}The Evaluation of Pain Responses: A Need for Improved Measuresโ{128}{153} -- Section VI / The Function of Philosophical Concepts in the Neuro-Medical Sciences -- Round-Table Discussion -- Notes on Contributors

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