Quantum mind and social science : unifying physical and social ontology / Alexander Wendt, Department of Political Science, The Ohio State University
- Wendt, Alexander, 1966-
- Cambridge, United Kingdom : Cambridge University Press, 2015.
- Physical Description:
- xii, 354 pages ; 24 cm
- Preface to a quantum social science -- Three experiments -- Six challenges -- Five interpretations -- Quantum brain theory -- Panpsychism and neutral monism -- A quantum vitalism -- Quantum cognition and rational choice -- Agency and quantum will -- Non-local experience in time -- Quantum semantics and meaning holism -- Direct perception and other minds -- An emergent, holistic, but flat ontology -- Toward a quantum vitalist sociology.
- There is an underlying assumption in the social sciences that consciousness and social life are ultimately classical physical/material phenomena. In this groundbreaking book, Alexander Wendt challenges this assumption by proposing that consciousness is, in fact, a macroscopic quantum mechanical phenomenon. In the first half of the book Wendt justifies the insertion of quantum theory into social scientific debates, introduces social scientists to quantum theory and the philosophical controversy about its interpretation, and then defends the quantum consciousness hypothesis against the orthodox, classical approach to the mind-body problem. In the second half, he develops the implications of this metaphysical perspective for the nature of language and the Agent-Structure Problem in social ontology. Wendt's argument is a revolutionary development which raises fundamental questions about the nature of social life and the work of those who study it.
- 9781107082540 (hardback : alk. paper), 1107082544 (hardback : alk. paper), 9781107442924 (paperback: alk paper), and 1107442923 (paperback: alk paper)
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
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