Mind, Meaning and World: A Transcendental Perspective

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Springer, Apr 25, 2019 - Philosophy - 142 pages
The present book intends to approach the problem of mind, meaning and consciousness from a non-naturalist or transcendental point of view. The naturalization of consciousness has reached a dead-end. There can be no proper solution to the problem of mind within the naturalist framework. This work intends to reverse this trend and bring back the long neglected transcendental theory laid down by Kant and Husserl in the West and Vedanta and Buddhism in India. The novelty of this approach lies in how we can make an autonomous space for mind and meaning without denying its connection with the world. The transcendental theory does not disown the embodied nature of consciousness, but goes beyond the body in search of higher meanings and values. The scope of this work extends from mind and consciousness to the world and brings the world into the space of mind and meaning with a hope to enchant the world. The world needs to be retrieved from the stranglehold of scientism and naturalism. This book will dispel the illusion about naturalism which has gripped the minds of our generation. The researchers interested in the philosophy of mind and consciousness can benefit from this work.


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Mind and World Naturalism vs Nonnaturalism
Consciousness Meaning and Nature
Meaning in Mind
Meaning Holism
Subjectivity Consciousness and Transcendence
Metaphysics of Consciousness
Self Will and Agency

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Ramesh Chandra Pradhan was Professor at the Department of Philosophy, University of Hyderabad during 1998–2015. He taught at Utkal University, Bhubaneswar, and Karnatak University, Dharwad, before joining the University of Hyderabad in 1987. He was a Commonwealth Academic Staff Fellow at the University of Oxford during 1990–1991. He has specialized in the philosophy of Wittgenstein, philosophy of language, philosophy of mind and metaphysics. He has authored a number of books on the philosophy of Wittgenstein, philosophy of language and metaphysics. He has contributed many papers to philosophy journals. Professor Pradhan is at present National Fellow at the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla.

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