The Peripheral Mind: Philosophy of Mind and the Peripheral Nervous System

2015.04.26 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews István Aranyosi, The Peripheral Mind: Philosophy of Mind and the Peripheral Nervous System, Oxford University Press, 2013,
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2015.04.26 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews István Aranyosi, The Peripheral Mind: Philosophy of Mind and the Peripheral Nervous System, Oxford University Press, 2013, 232pp., $69.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780199989607. Reviewed by Andreas Elpidorou, University of Louisville This book advances and defends the view that the mind is literally distributed in the body. That is to say, the mind is constituted not only by the brain and the spinal cord, but also by the peripheral nervous system (PNS). The experience of pain, for example, is not merely caused by activity in A-delta fibers and C fibers; it is constituted by such activity. The same holds, mutatis mutandis, for most conscious mental states. The nine main chapters (the tenth concluding chapter is only two-and-a-half pages long) have varied and wide-ranging topics. Chapter 1 consists mainly of a series of first-personal reflections on the nature of embodiment during a period in which the author suffered. . .

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