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Life and Mind

A Philosophical Quest

Author(s): Jürgen Lawrenz

Book Description

In this bold, provocative account, the author argues that the phenomena of life and mind elude purely materialistic explanations. Living matter occupies a unique phase of existence which results from the complex transformation of its biochemical synergies. Analogous phase changes account for mind and self-reflexive consciousness. A central role in the living state is played by intelligence, which has not been recognised as a non-negotiable precondition of organic existence. Yet the concept of evolutionary adaptivity relies tacitly on it. Thus the book amounts to a serious challenge to the overly theoretical paradigmata of the last half-century with their timorous evasion of biological fundamentals. However, although the work relies on up-to-date research of the life sciences, it is a primarily philosophical enquiry, dealing head on with many unsolved problems of life and mind, and culminating in a detailed “ontological proof” of the mind system.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-4071-2
ISBN-10: 1-4438-4071-8
Date of Publication: 01/10/2012
Pages / Size: 420 / A5
Price: £54.99


Jürgen Lawrenz was born and educated in Germany, but lives in Sydney, Australia. He gained his doctorate in philosophy from the University of Sydney, where he also lectured on 17th century philosophy and aesthetics. His books, Leibniz: The Nature of Reality and the Reality of Nature and Art and the Platonic Matrix are also published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing.