An alternative concept of mind from the perspective of ecological phenomenology

[Speaker] Kono, Tetsuya:1
1:Rikkyo University (Japan)

Western psychological concept of mind, implicitly modeled on the materialist version of Cartesian Cogito or Lockean concept of self, has been constructed as such in a specific cultural, political, economic context of modern Western society. Contemporary psychology cannot neglect the movement of postcolonial thought. Post-colonialism has criticized colonialist, imperialist, ethnocentric, androcentric, misogynistic and even anthropocentric aspects of modern concept of "man" and "mind". I would like to present an alternative model of mind and self that overcomes the individualistic and solipsistic presupposition of the modern concept of mind and meets the requisites of our postcolonial era. In integrating the perspectives from the recent philosophical theory of "extended mind", Japanese phenomenology of Kyoto school, and eco-philosophy of Arne Naess, I will propose a new concept of "mind/self as network" which makes possible the monistic understanding of mind/body relationship and focuses on enactive processes between mind/body and the natural and humanized environment.
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