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The Self and Its Brain

  • Karl R. Popper
  • John C. Eccles

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVI
  2. Part I

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Karl R. Popper, John C. Eccles
      Pages 3-35
    3. Karl R. Popper, John C. Eccles
      Pages 36-50
    4. Karl R. Popper, John C. Eccles
      Pages 51-99
    5. Karl R. Popper, John C. Eccles
      Pages 100-147
    6. Karl R. Popper, John C. Eccles
      Pages 148-208
    7. Karl R. Popper, John C. Eccles
      Pages 209-210
  3. Part II

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 225-226
    2. Karl R. Popper, John C. Eccles
      Pages 227-249
    3. Karl R. Popper, John C. Eccles
      Pages 250-274
    4. Karl R. Popper, John C. Eccles
      Pages 275-294
    5. Karl R. Popper, John C. Eccles
      Pages 295-310
    6. Karl R. Popper, John C. Eccles
      Pages 311-333
    7. Karl R. Popper, John C. Eccles
      Pages 334-354
    8. Karl R. Popper, John C. Eccles
      Pages 355-376
  4. Dialogues Between the Two Authors

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 423-423
    2. Karl R. Popper, John C. Eccles
      Pages 425-436
    3. Karl R. Popper, John C. Eccles
      Pages 437-448
    4. Karl R. Popper, John C. Eccles
      Pages 449-460
    5. Karl R. Popper, John C. Eccles
      Pages 461-470
    6. Karl R. Popper, John C. Eccles
      Pages 471-484
    7. Karl R. Popper, John C. Eccles
      Pages 485-497
    8. Karl R. Popper, John C. Eccles
      Pages 498-509
    9. Karl R. Popper, John C. Eccles
      Pages 510-520
    10. Karl R. Popper, John C. Eccles
      Pages 521-531
    11. Karl R. Popper, John C. Eccles
      Pages 532-547
    12. Karl R. Popper, John C. Eccles
      Pages 548-561
    13. Karl R. Popper, John C. Eccles
      Pages 562-566
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 569-597

About this book

Introduction

The problem of the relation between our bodies and our minds, and espe­ cially of the link between brain structures and processes on the one hand and mental dispositions and events on the other is an exceedingly difficult one. Without pretending to be able to foresee future developments, both authors of this book think it improbable that the problem will ever be solved, in the sense that we shall really understand this relation. We think that no more can be expected than to make a little progress here or there. We have written this book in the hope that we have been able to do so. We are conscious of the fact that what we have done is very conjectur­ al and very modest. We are aware of our fallibility; yet we believe in the intrinsic value of every human effort to deepen our understanding of our­ selves and of the world we live in. We believe in humanism: in human rationality, in human science, and in other human achievements, however fallible they are. We are unimpressed by the recurrent intellectual fashions that belittle science and the other great human achievements. An additional motive for writing this book is that we both feel that the debunking of man has gone far enough - even too far. It is said that we had to learn from Copernicus and Darwin that man's place in the universe is not so exalted or so exclusive as man once thought. That may well be.

Keywords

Hirnverletzung behavior biology brain brain injury cerebral cortex cortex emotion evolution growth intelligence interaction memory perception philosophy

Authors and affiliations

  • Karl R. Popper
    • 1
  • John C. Eccles
    • 2
  1. 1.Penn, BuckinghamshireEngland
  2. 2.Contra (Locarno)Switzerland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-61891-8
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1977
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-61893-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-61891-8
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