Summary: wenty years ago, philosopher Evan Thompson’s aim is to “bring the experimental sciences of life and mind into a closer and more harmonious relationship with phenomenological investigations of experience and subjectivity.” He wants to “make headway on one of the outstanding philosophical and scientific problems of our time – the so-called explanatory gap between consciousness and nature. Exactly how are consciousness and subjective experience related to the brain and body?”… In conclusion, this is a rich, complex, and valuable book in the constructivist tradition of philosophy and science – and a book deserving of extended review and discussion.
McGee K. (2008) Disclosing Autopoeitic Subjectivity: Tracing a Path from Life to Consciousness. Review of: Evan Thompson (2007) Mind in life. Phenomenology, and the sciences of mind. Harvard University Press: Cambridge. Constructivist Foundations 3(2): 117–118. Available at http://www.univie.ac.at/constructivism/journal/3/2/117.mcgee