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Remarkable ... apart from Eccles,
This review is from: The Self and Its Brain: An Argument for Interactionism (Paperback)
I recommend this book for anyone who is interested in the mind/body problem and also for convinced materialists.
Karl Popper's part of the book is fantastic. The focus of Popper's work is the critique of materialism and "essentialism", the idea that the universe can be reduced to one or many "substances". Popper suggests that essentialism should be given up in the mind/body debate, giving detailed scientific and philosophical reasons. This undermines both Cartesian dualism and materialism.
Popper presents his plural interactionistic "three world" theory, containing the physical world, the mental world and the cultural world. This theory is also covered in his books "the Open Universe" and "Objective Knowledge". Unfortunately, Popper's "three world" philosophy has made little impact.
However, the brilliance of Popper is weighed down by a ridiculus Eccles section. This part is simply incomprehensible, unless one has a degree in neuroscience. I cannot understand the level of detail in this section.