Creatures, Technology, and Scientific Psychology

  • Giampiero Arciero
  • Guido Bondolfi
  • Viridiana Mazzola


The chapter follows the various stages in the development of the paradigm of production in the modern age, with a particular attention to how, first with Kant and then—and especially—with Fichte, it came to establish itself as the foundation of the natural-scientific psychology and the life sciences up to present-day cognitive neurosciences. Helmholtz grafted Fichte’s philosophy onto the very heart of physiology, producing two remarkable consequences: (a) he disclosed a new method of investigation that via Magnus, DeBarenne, and McCulloch ushered in a new—and still contemporary—era in the mathematical modeling of natural phenomena; (b) he laid the physiological foundations for the development of technologies in the image and likeness of man.


Sense of agency Sense of ownership Embodiment Self-organization 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Giampiero Arciero
    • 1
    • 2
  • Guido Bondolfi
    • 2
  • Viridiana Mazzola
    • 3
  1. 1.IPRARomeItaly
  2. 2.Department of PsychiatryUniversity Hospital of Geneva, Department of PsychiatryGenèveSwitzerland
  3. 3.Liaison Psychiatry, Department of PsychiatryUniversity Hospital of Geneva, Department of PsychiatryGenèveSwitzerland

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