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The Whole Person

Toward a Naturalism of Minds and Persons

  • 1st Edition - December 1, 2024
  • Author: Mark H. Bickhard
  • Language: English
  • Paperback ISBN:
    9 7 8 - 0 - 4 4 3 - 3 3 0 5 0 - 6
  • eBook ISBN:
    9 7 8 - 0 - 4 4 3 - 3 3 0 5 1 - 3

The Whole Person explores the intricate realms of theory and philosophy concerning minds and persons. This book presents models of the emergent realization of multiple mental… Read more

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The Whole Person explores the intricate realms of theory and philosophy concerning minds and persons. This book presents models of the emergent realization of multiple mental processes, and of the constitution of social realities and social persons. Each chapter meticulously explores prevalent theoretical and philosophical assumptions that obstruct the acceptance of models depicting emergent realization, offering analyses of these barriers, and demonstrating ways to overcome them. Rooted in the framework of process metaphysics, this book models metaphysically genuine emergence, paving the way for a comprehensive model of multifarious normative emergences. These normative emergences include phenomena like function-dysfunction, representational truth and falsity, rational-irrational, ethical-unethical, and others that shape our mental and social landscapes. The discussion extends to the macro-evolutionary culmination of mental processes in a model of reflective consciousness. The book then extends its exploration to the foundational role of mental processes in the emergence of social realities and persons, with language acting as a core element in these emergences. Addressing evolutionary aspects, brain processes, developmental processes, moral normativities, and self-consistency considerations, The Whole Person presents a holistic integration of decades of constructive work.