© 2007

Mind, Matter and the Implicate Order

  • Accessible and easy to follow presentation

  • New approach to consciousness

  • Resolves quantum paradoxes

  • Of special interest to philosophers of mind


Part of the The Frontiers Collection book series (FRONTCOLL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIX
  2. Pages 1-41
  3. Pages 157-205
  4. Pages 207-229
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 249-270

About this book


Quantum theory predicts experimental results brilliantly but simultaneously raises difficult conceptual issues. Paradoxes such as Schrödinger’s cat, the EPR paradox, or the nonlocality demanded by Bell’s inequalities have hampered philosophers in their attempts to include quantum theory when discussing the relation between mind and matter. Pylkkänen proposes that Bohm’s alternative interpretation of quantum theory resolves these paradoxes and thus enables one to base new philosophical theories upon quantum physics. He uses Bohm’s concepts of "implicate order", "active information" and "soma-significance" as tools to tackle several well-known problems in the philosophy of mind. These include mental causation, the hard problem of consciousness, time consciousness, and virtual reality. Pylkkänen’s eclectic approach combines new physics-based insights with those of analytical philosophy, phenomenology, cognitive science and neuroscience and he proposes a view in which the mechanistic framework of classical physics and neuroscience is complemented by a more holistic underlying framework in which conscious experience finds its place more naturally.


Cognitive neuroscience Consciousness studies EPR paradox Experiment Mind Neuroscience Psychology Quantum physics cognitive science

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Consciousness Studies Programme School of Humanities and InformaticsUniversity of SkövdeSkövdeSweden

About the authors

Paavo Pylkkänen received his masters degree from the University of Sussex and his doctorate from the University of Helsinki. He was an Academy of Finland researcher 1990-1995 and became associate professor in theoretical philosophy at the University of Skövde, Sweden in 1996. Since 2001 he has also been a lecturer at the Department of Philosophy, University of Helsinki. He lives in Stockholm.

Bibliographic information


From the reviews:

"This is an excellent addition to Springer’s (equally excellent) Frontiers Collection. … I can highly recommend it to philosophers (of mind), philosophers of various sciences, physicists, (especially those working in foundation of physics), and anyone interested in the contemporary debate on consciousness. It would also provide a good way to become acquainted with the more difficult of Bohn’s later ideas. The book assumes no prior knowledge of quantum mechanics." (Dean Rickles, Mathematical Reviews, Issue, 2007 g)