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Neuroexistentialism: Meaning, morals, and purpose in the age of neuroscience

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Caruso, G; Flanagan, O
January 1, 2018

Existentialism is a concern about the foundation of meaning, morals, and purpose. Existentialisms arise when some foundation for these elements of being is under assault. In the past, first-wave existentialism concerned the increasingly apparent inability of religion and religious tradition to provide such a foundation, as typified in the writings of Kierkegaard, Dostoevsky, and Nietzsche. Second-wave existentialism, personified philosophically by Sartre, Camus, and de Beauvoir, developed in response to the inability of an overly optimistic Enlightenment vision of reason and the common good to provide such a foundation. There is a third-wave existentialism, a new existentialism, developing in response to advances in the neurosciences that threaten the last vestiges of an immaterial soul or self. With the increasing explanatory and therapeutic power of neuroscience, the mind no longer stands apart from the world to serve as a foundation of meaning. This produces foundational anxiety. This collection of new essays explores the anxiety caused by this third-wave existentialism and some responses to it. It brings together some of the world℉s leading philosophers, neuroscientists, cognitive scientists, and legal scholars to tackle our neuroexistentialist predicament and explore what the mind sciences can tell us about morality, love, emotion, autonomy, consciousness, selfhood, free will, moral responsibility, law, the nature of criminal punishment, meaning in life, and purpose.

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January 1, 2018

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Caruso, G., & Flanagan, O. (2018). Neuroexistentialism: Meaning, morals, and purpose in the age of neuroscience (pp. 1–374). https://doi.org/10.1093/oso/9780190460723.001.0001
Caruso, G., and O. Flanagan. Neuroexistentialism: Meaning, morals, and purpose in the age of neuroscience, 2018. https://doi.org/10.1093/oso/9780190460723.001.0001.
Caruso, G., and O. Flanagan. Neuroexistentialism: Meaning, morals, and purpose in the age of neuroscience. 2018, pp. 1–374. Scopus, doi:10.1093/oso/9780190460723.001.0001.
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DOI

ISBN

9780190460723

Publication Date

January 1, 2018

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1 / 374