Dialogues in Philosophy, Mental and Neuro Sciences

Official Journal of Crossing Dialogues

Dialogues in Philosophy, Mental and Neuro Sciences

The official journal of Crossing Dialogues

Volume 6, Issue 1 (June 2013)

ORIGINAL ARTICLES

The Unconscious, consciousness, and the Self illusion


Michele Di Francesco & Massimo Marraffa

In this article we explore the relationship between consciousness and the unconscious as it has taken shape within contemporary cognitive science - meaning by this term the mature cognitive science, which has fully incorporated the results of the neurosciences.
In this framework we first compare the neurocognitive unconscious with the Freudian one, emphasizing the similarities and above all the differences between the two constructs. We then turn our attention to the implications of the centrality of unconscious processes in cognitive science for the classical conception of the self.
Our analysis will bring to light a bit of claustrophobic dialectic between an eliminative variety of naturalism and an anti-naturalistic form of hermeneutics. Hence we conclude by recommending the pursuit of a mediation between such extreme stances.

Keywords:
the unconscious, consciousness, intentionality, the self, cognitive sciences

Dial Phil Ment Neuro Sci 2013; 6(1): 10-22

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Received on March 09, 2013
Accepted on March 28, 2013
Firstly published online on May 13, 2013

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