Philosophical Dimensions of the Neuro-Medical Sciences

Proceedings of the Second Trans-Disciplinary Symposium on Philosophy and Medicine Held at Farmington, Connecticut, May 15–17, 1975

  • Stuart F. Spicker
  • H. Tristram EngelhardtJr.

Part of the Philosophy and Medicine book series (PHME, volume 2)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-VI
  2. Introduction

    1. Stuart F. Spicker, H. Tristram Engelhardt Jr.
      Pages 1-11
  3. Historical Foundations of Modern Neurology

  4. Philosophical Implications of Psychosurgery

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 69-69
    2. Joseph Margolis
      Pages 71-84
    3. Jerry A. Fodor
      Pages 85-94
  5. Neural Integration and the Emergence of Consciousness

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 95-95
    2. Karl H. Pribram
      Pages 97-111
    3. Marjorie Grene
      Pages 113-129
    4. Hubert Dreyfus
      Pages 131-140
  6. The Causal Aspect of the Psycho-Physical Problem: Implications for Neuro-Medicine

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 141-141
    2. Stuart F. Spicker
      Pages 163-177
  7. Altered Affective Responses to Pain

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 179-179
    2. George Pitcher
      Pages 181-196
    3. David Bakan
      Pages 197-207
    4. Jerome A. Shaffer
      Pages 221-233
  8. The Function of Philosophical Concepts in the Neuro-Medical Sciences

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 235-235
    2. William F. Bynum
      Pages 237-268
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 269-274

About this book


Although the investigation and regulation of the faculties of the human mind appear to be the proper and sole concern of philosophers, you see that they are in some part nevertheless so little foreign to the medical forum that while someone may deny that they are proper to the physician he cannot deny that physicians have the obliga­ tion to philosophize. Jerome Gaub, De regimine mentis, IV, 10 ([ 10], p. 40) The Second Trans-Disciplinary Symposium on Philosophy and Medicine, whose principal theme was 'Philosophical Dimensions of the Neuro-Medical Sciences,' convened at the University of Connecticut Health Center at the invitation of Robert U. Massey, Dean of the School of Medicine, during May 15, 16, and 17, 1975. The Proceedings constitute this volume. At this Symposium we intended to realize sentiments which Sir John Eccles ex­ pressed as director of a Study Week of the Pontificia Academia Scientiarum, CiWl del Vaticano, in the fall of 1964: "Certainly when one comes to a [study] . . . devoted to brain and mind it is not possible to exclude relations with philosophy" ([5], p. viii). During that study week in 1964, a group of distinguished biomedical and behavioral scientists met under the director­ ship of Sir John C. Eccles to relate psychology to what Sir John called 'the Neurosciences. ' The purpose of that study week was to treat issues con­ cerning the functions of the brain and, in particular, to concentrate upon the relations between brain functions and consciousness.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Stuart F. Spicker
    • 1
  • H. Tristram EngelhardtJr.
    • 2
  1. 1.University of Connecticut Health CenterFarmingtonUSA
  2. 2.University of Texas Medical BranchGalvestonUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1976
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-1475-5
  • Online ISBN 978-94-010-1473-1
  • Series Print ISSN 0376-7418
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