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Philosophical Dimensions of the Neuro-Medical Sciences : Proceedings of the Second Trans-Disciplinary Symposium on Philosophy and Medicine Held at Farmington, Connecticut, May 15-17, 1975 - S. F. Spicker

Philosophical Dimensions of the Neuro-Medical Sciences

Proceedings of the Second Trans-Disciplinary Symposium on Philosophy and Medicine Held at Farmington, Connecticut, May 15-17, 1975

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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 obliga- 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 ex- 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 director- 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 con- 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 'Varieties of Cartesian Experience in Early Nineteenth Century Neurophysiology' and 'Historical Development of the Concept of Hemispheric Cerebral Dominance'.- Section II / Philosophical Implications of Psychosurgery.- Persons and Psychosurgery.- Psychosurgery: What's the Issue? Comments on 'Persons and Psychosurgery'.- 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 'Mind, It Does Matter' and 'Mind and Brain: The Embodied Person'.- 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 'On the Power or Impotence of Subjectivity'.- Section V / Altered Affective Responses to Pain.- Pain and Unpleasantness.- Pain - The Existential Symptom.- The Evaluation of Pain Responses: A Need for Improved Measures.- Pain and Suffering: Comments on 'Pain and Unpleasantness,' 'Pain - The Existential Symptom,' and 'The Evaluation of Pain Responses: A Need for Improved Measures'.- Section VI / The Function of Philosophical Concepts in the Neuro-Medical Sciences.- Round-Table Discussion.- William F. Bynum.- Samuel H. Greenblatt.- Karl H. Pribram.- Robert M. Veatch.- Ian R. Lawson.- Marjorie Grene/Chairwoman's Closing Remarks.- Notes on Contributors.

ISBN: 9789027706720
ISBN-10: 9027706727
Series: Philosophy and Medicine
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 274
Published: 31st March 1976
Publisher: Springer
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.59