Philosophy of the Brain

The brain problem

Georg Northoff | Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
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"What is the mind?"
"What is the relationship between brain and mind?"
These are common questions. But "What is the brain?" is a rare question in both the neurosciences and philosophy. The reason for this may lie in the brain itself: Is there a "brain problem"?
In this fresh and innovative book, Georg Northoff demonstrates that there is in fact a "brain problem". He argues that our brain can only be understood when its empirical functions are directly related to the modes of acquiring knowledge, our epistemic abilities and inabilities. Drawing on the latest neuroscientific data and philosophical theories, he provides an empirical-epistemic definition of the brain. Northoff reveals the basic conceptual confusion about the relationship between mind and brain that has so obstinately been lingering in both neuroscience and philosophy. He subsequently develops an alternative framework where the integration of the brain within body and environment is central. This novel approach plunges the reader into the depths of our own brain. The "Philosophy of the Brain" that emerges opens the door to a fascinating world of new findings that explore the mind and its relationship to our very human brain. (Series A)
[Advances in Consciousness Research, 52] 2004.  x, 433 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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“This novel approach plunges into the depths of their own brains. Fresh and innovative, the Philosophy of the Brain that emerges opens the door to a fascinating world of new findings that explore the mind and its relationship to our very human brain.”
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Boeker, Heinz & Georg Northoff
2018. Depressive Syndromes. In Neuropsychodynamic Psychiatry,  pp. 219 ff. DOI logo
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2009. Finding a philosophical framework in support of “Presence”. Leadership & Organization Development Journal 30:3  pp. 224 ff. DOI logo
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2016. Depressive Syndrome. In Neuropsychodynamische Psychiatrie,  pp. 231 ff. DOI logo
David, Mario
2022. Book Review: Psychoanalysis, Group Analysis and Beyond: Towards a New Paradigm of the Human Being. Group Analysis 55:3  pp. 449 ff. DOI logo
Gouveia, Steven S.
2022. Non-Reductive Neurophilosophy. In Philosophy and Neuroscience,  pp. 181 ff. DOI logo
Gouveia, Steven S.
2022. Methodological Problem in Philosophy and Neuroscience. In Philosophy and Neuroscience,  pp. 1 ff. DOI logo
Han, Shihui & Georg Northoff
2008. Culture-sensitive neural substrates of human cognition: a transcultural neuroimaging approach. Nature Reviews Neuroscience 9:8  pp. 646 ff. DOI logo
Hipolito, Ines
2016. The phenomenology of the intersubjective impairment. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice 22:4  pp. 608 ff. DOI logo
Mittelstraß, Jürgen
2016. Q. In Enzyklopädie Philosophie und Wissenschaftstheorie,  pp. 524 ff. DOI logo
Mittelstraß, Jürgen
2024. Q. In Enzyklopädie Philosophie und Wissenschaftstheorie,  pp. 524 ff. DOI logo
Northoff, G.
2006. Neurobiologie und Psychoanalyse: Kompatibilität!. In Psychoanalyse und Psychiatrie,  pp. 279 ff. DOI logo
Northoff, G., J. Witzel & B. Bogerts
2006. Was ist „Neuroethik“ — eine Disziplin der Zukunft?. Der Nervenarzt 77:1  pp. 5 ff. DOI logo
Northoff, Georg
2007. Selbst, Gehirn und Umwelt — konzeptuelle und empirische Befunde zum selbstbezogenen Processing. In Theory of Mind,  pp. 91 ff. DOI logo
Northoff, Georg
2008. What kind of neural coding and self does Hurley's shared circuit model presuppose?. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 31:1  pp. 33 ff. DOI logo
Northoff, Georg
2009. What Are the Subjective Processes in Our Brain? Empirical and Ethical Implications of a Relational Concept of the Brain. The American Journal of Bioethics 9:9  pp. 27 ff. DOI logo
Northoff, Georg
2013. Neurophilosophy. In Neurosciences - From Molecule to Behavior: a university textbook,  pp. 75 ff. DOI logo
Northoff, Georg
2014. Von Pagoden und großen Fischen oder: Die Kultur der Wahrnehmung. In Wie kommt die Kultur in den Kopf?,  pp. 1 ff. DOI logo
Northoff, Georg
2015. How the Self Is Altered in Psychiatric Disorders. In Re-Visioning Psychiatry,  pp. 81 ff. DOI logo
Northoff, Georg
2018. Neurophilosophy and Neuroethics: Template for Neuropsychoanalysis?. In Neuropsychodynamic Psychiatry,  pp. 599 ff. DOI logo
Northoff, Georg
2018. What Is the Unconscious? A Novel Taxonomy of Psychoanalytic, Psychological, Neuroscientific, and Philosophical Concepts. In Neuropsychodynamic Psychiatry,  pp. 117 ff. DOI logo
Northoff, Georg & Heinz Böker
2016. Sozial eingebettetes Gehirn („social embedded brain“) und relationales Selbst. In Neuropsychodynamische Psychiatrie,  pp. 59 ff. DOI logo
Northoff, Georg & Steven S. Gouveia
2024. Does artificial intelligence exhibit basic fundamental subjectivity? A neurophilosophical argument. Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences DOI logo
Northoff, Georg & Alexander Heinzel
2006. First-Person Neuroscience: A new methodological approach for linking mental and neuronal states. Philosophy, Ethics, and Humanities in Medicine 1:1 DOI logo
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2012. Selbst, Gehirn und Umwelt – konzeptuelle und empirische Befunde zum selbstbezogenen Processing und ihre Implikationen. In Theory of Mind,  pp. 149 ff. DOI logo
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2006. How Can Searle Avoid Property Dualism? Epistemic-Ontological Inference and Autoepistemic Limitation. Philosophical Psychology 19:5  pp. 589 ff. DOI logo
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2006. Können wir unser eigenes Gehirn als Gehirn erkennen?. In Akteur Gehirn — oder das vermeintliche Ende des handelnden Subjekts,  pp. 19 ff. DOI logo
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Schaefer, Michael & Georg Northoff
2017. Who Am I: The Conscious and the Unconscious Self. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 11 DOI logo
Schleim, Stephan
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2006. Psychoanalyse und Neurowissenschaft: Inkompatibilität!. In Psychoanalyse und Psychiatrie,  pp. 293 ff. DOI logo
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2008. Zur Freiheit des personalen Selbst - ein »Realitäts«-bezogenes ökologisches Konzept. Zeitschrift für Individualpsychologie 33:2  pp. 180 ff. DOI logo
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Main BIC Subject

JMT: States of consciousness

Main BISAC Subject

PSY008000: PSYCHOLOGY / Cognitive Psychology & Cognition
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