Processes and Boundaries of the Mind

Extending the Limit Line

  • Yair Neuman

Part of the Contemporary Systems Thinking book series (CST)

Table of contents

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  17. Back Matter
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About this book


How is it that the world is conceived as exclusively populated by objects (e.g. books, cars, numbers, and people) while cognition is first and foremost a dynamic process? Inquiring into the `reified universe' Dr. Neuman explores questions of mind, reality, knowledge and signification in a provocative, stimulating and humorous way. Drawing on various domains such as systems research, semiotics, philosophy, and complexity sciences, Dr. Neuman is touching basic questions of our Being-in-the-World as cognate creatures, and presents a novel theory of the mind as a boundary phenomenon. Following the footsteps of Gregory Bateson and Valentine Volosinov, the book propagates a process-oriented theory of the mind, in a way that has never been presented before. In this context, new and creative solutions are presented for a variety of old philosophical problems such as: What is the Mind? Why do we use different signs for the same object across different cultures? and how is it possible to think on our thinking without getting into problems such as an infinite regression.


René Descartes cognition knowledge mind object subject

Authors and affiliations

  • Yair Neuman
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  1. 1.Ben-Gurion University of the NegevBeer-ShevaIsrael

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers 2003
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4613-4784-2
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4419-9078-5
  • Series Print ISSN 1568-2846
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