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The Sensory Order : Inquiry into the Foundations of Theoretical Psychology - F. A. Hayek

The Sensory Order

Inquiry into the Foundations of Theoretical Psychology

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Published: 1st January 1952
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"The Sensory Order," first published in 1952, sets forth F. A. Hayek's classic theory of mind in which he describes the mental mechanism that classifies perceptions that cannot be accounted for by physical laws. Hayek's substantial contribution to theoretical psychology has been addressed in the work of Thomas Szasz, Gerald Edelman, and Joaquin Fuster.
"A most encouraging example of a sustained attempt to bring together information, inference, and hypothesis in the several fields of biology, psychology, and philosophy."--"Quarterly Review of Biology"
F. A. Hayek (1899-1992), recipient of the Medal of Freedom in 1991 and co-winner of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics in 1974, taught at the University of London, the University of Chicago, and the University of Freiburg.

Preface
Introduction
The Nature of the Problem
What is Mind?
The Phenomenal and the Physical World
Stimulus, Impulse, and the Theory of the Specific Energy of the Nerves
Differences in Quality are Differences in the Effects
The Unitary Character of the Sensory Order
The Order of Sensory Qualities not Confined to Conscious Experience
The Denial or Disregard of Our Problem by Behaviorism
The 'Absolute' Qualities of Sensations a Phantom-Problem
An Outline of the Theory
The Principle of the Explanation
The Sensory Order in its Static and in its Dynamic Aspects
The Principle of Classification
Multiple Classification
The Central Thesis
The Nervous System as an Instrument of Classification
An Inventory of the Physiological Data
Simplifying Assumptions on which the Operation of the Principle will be Discussed
Elementary Forms of Classification
Complex Forms of Classification
The Classification of the Relation Between Classes
The Universal Character of the Process of Classification: Gestalt Phenomena and Abstract Concepts
Sensation and Behaviour
Sensations and the Organism
Evolution and the Hierarchal Order of the Nervous System
From Specific Reflex to Generalized Evaluation
Proprioception of Low-Level Responses
Postures and Movements Connected with Perception
Patterns of Motor Responses
Biogenic Needs and Drives
Emotions and the James-Lange Theory
The Structure of the Mental Order
Pre-Sensory Experience or 'Linkages'
The Gradual Formation of a 'Map' Reproducing Relations Between Events in the Environment
The 'Map' and the 'Model'
Associative Processes
Mechanical and Purposive Behaviour
The Model-Object Relationship
Consciousness and Conceptual Thought
Conscious and Unconscious Mental Processes
Criteria of Consciousness
The Common Space-Time Framework
Attention
The Functions of Consciousness
'Concrete' and 'Abstract'
Conceptual Thought
Confirmations and Verification of the Theory
Observed Facts for which the Theory Accounts
Older Theories Comprised as Special Cases
New Experiments Suggested
Possibilities of Experimental Refutation
Philosophical Consequences
Pre-Sensory Experience and Pure Empiricism
Phenomenalism and the Inconstancy of Sensory Qualities
Dualisms and Materialism
The Nature of Explanation
Explanation of the Principle
The Limits of Explanation
The Division of the Sciences and the 'Freedom of the Will'
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780226320946
ISBN-10: 0226320944
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 230
Published: 1st January 1952
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.5 x 14.0  x 1.52
Weight (kg): 0.33
Edition Number: 74
Edition Type: New edition