The Peripheral Mind Philosophy of Mind and the Peripheral Nervous System
Although Aranyosi's approach could be classified as part of the current 'embodied mind' paradigm in the philosophy of mind and cognitive neuroscience, this is the first time that notions like 'embodiment' and 'body' in general are replaced by the more focused concept of the PNS. Aranyosi puts the hypothesis to the test and offers novel solutions to puzzles related to physicalism, functionalism, mental content, embodiment, the extended mind hypothesis, tactile-proprioceptive illusions, as well as to some problems in neuroethics, such as abortion and requests for amputation of healthy body parts. The diversity of the volume's methodology―:which results from a combination of conceptual analysis, discussion of neuroscientific data, philosophical speculation, and first-person phenomenological accounts―:makes the book both engaging and highly informative.
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