Is cultural neurophılosophy possible? /

Tümkaya, Serdal
The aim of this work is to give an outline of a broader project, which I call cultural neurophilosophy. Neurophilosophy is the proposal that to illuminate the ancient and recent philosophical questions, we should study nervous systems. Cultural neurophilosophy is a project targeting at improving neurophilosophical arguments developed and defended by the Churchlands for the last four decades. This improvement is designed so as to put neurophilosophical perspective in a cultural context. By cultural context I have in mind all the dimensions of social and cultural life, including but not limited to political structure, social evolution, the mode of production, the socio-political history, economic relations, ethical values, cultural customs, and legal system. Because human brain is its most social organ, and human behavior is shaped by the cultural matrix in which we all live, in order to illuminate human behavior, we must study cultural and social sciences in collaboration with brain and behavioral sciences. Here I argue that such an interdisciplinary project is essential for a realistic explanation of human behavior.


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S. Tümkaya, “Is cultural neurophılosophy possible? /,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2014.