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Dasein's brain

phenomenology meets cognitive science

Francisco Varela

pp. 185-197

A science of consciousness requires a significant re-framing of the way the question is usually posed within cognitive science and in the Anglo-American philosophy of mind. We need to turn to a systematic exploration of the only link between mind and consciousness that seems both obvious and natural: the structure of human experience itself [31, 32]1. Dasein is a code-word in phenomenology coined by Heidegger to refer precisely to the primacy of lived, immediate experience. Heidegger would certainly turn in his grave to hear that a Dasein is predicated next to "brain", but such is my project2.

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DOI: 10.1007/978-94-011-4704-0_10

Full citation:

Varela, F. (1999)., Dasein's brain: phenomenology meets cognitive science, in D. Aerts, J. Broekaert & E. Mathijs (eds.), Einstein meets Magritte: an interdisciplinary reflection, Dordrecht, Springer, pp. 185-197.

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