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Phenomenal Consciousness and Mind-Body Problem in East-West Perspective

V.N. Misra (Author)

The problem of explanatory gap in the phenomenal consciousness has risen in the Western philosophy mainly because the consciousness itself and its manifestations or reflections are treated separately. Whereas, according to the Vedanta school of India, the phenomenal consciousness is merely manifestations of self-consciousness which is embodied in the human beings. In this approach, the phenomenal consciousness and self-consciousness are one and the same thing because the former depends upon the latter. Hence, there is no explanatory gap in the phenomenal consciousness. Similar is the case with the mind–body problem which exists in the Western philosophy mainly because the mind is treated as synonymous with consciousness.

This book solves the above problems on the basis of the Indian philosophy and existential philosophy of Jean-Paul Sartre. In both the philosophies, there is no explanatory gap in the phenomenal consciousness and the mind-body problem.

Contents: Preface. Introduction.1. Explanatory gap in phenomenal consciousness: solution in east-west perspective. 2. Mind and consciousness in east-west perspective. 3. Consciousness in Advaita Vedanta. 4. Consciousness in Jean-Paul Sartre’s philosophy of existentialism. 5. Intentionality in east–west perspective. 6. Solutions to mind-body problem in east-west perspective. 7. Mental causation and inner sense in east–west perspective. Epilogue. Bibliography. Index.

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V.N. Misra

Virendra Nath Misra got his M.A. degree in Anthropology from Lucknow Universityin 1957, and Ph.D. in Archaeology from Pune University in 1962, under the guidance of the eminent archaeologist, Prof. H.D. Sankalia.  He has carried out extensive archaeological explorations in Rajasthan, M.P. and U.P., and has discovered more than a hundred archaeological sites.  He has excavated Mesolithic sites of Bagor and Tilwara, several Palaeolithic sites near Didwana, and Chalcolithic and Early Historic site of Balathal in Rajasthan, Palaeolithic and Mesolithic rock-shelters at Bhimbetka,and Palaeolithic site of Samnapur in M.P. Misra’s studies of Quaternary deposits in western Rajasthan and excavations at Singi Talav and the fossil dune at 16R, Didwana, jointly with Prof. S.N. Rajaguru, have significantly contributed to understanding the evolution of environment and early human colonization of the Thar desert.  His excavations at Balathal have thrown ample light on the lifeways Balathal have thrown ample light on the lifeways of the Chalcolithic farmers and early historic iron workers of Mewar.  Misra has conducted ethnographic studies among the hunting-gathering communities of Bhils, Van Vagris, and Kalbeliyas in Rajasthan, Kanjars in U.P., and Pardhis and Kuchbandhias in M.P.  He has supervised Ph.D. research of 25 students in different branches of archaeology, and has authored or edited, singly or jointly, 10 books, and over 120 research papers published in leading journals and edited volumes.  Misra has been editor of Man and Environment, Journal of the Indian Society for Prehistoric and Quaternary Studies from its inception in 1977, and was co-editor of Eastern Anthropologist.  Besides, he has been associated, as a member of the editorial advisory boards, with Journal of the S.C. Roy Institute, The Anthropologists, Journal of World Prehistory, L’ Anthropologie, the Holocene, The Asian Perspectives, and Geoarchaeology.  Prof. Misra has been recipient of Pandit Jagpal Krishna Gold Medeal of Lucknow University; Homi Bhabha Fellowship; Leverhulme Visiting Fellowship at ANU, Canberra; Senior Fulbright Fellowship at UC, Berkeley; Corresponding Membership of IsMEO, Rome; Visiting Fellowships at Allahabad University and NEHU; National Fellowship of ICHR; Emeritus Fellowship of UGC; D.N. Majumdar Memorial Medal of Indian Social Science Association, and V.S. Wakankar Award of Indian Archaeological society.  He has taught Anthropology at Lucknow University and Archaeology at Deccan College Post-Graduate & Research Institute (Deemed to be University), Pune.  He was Director of the Deccan College from 1990 to 2000.

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Title Phenomenal Consciousness and Mind-Body Problem in East-West Perspective
Author V.N. Misra
Format Softcover
Date published: 09.02.2019
Edition 1st. ed.
Publisher D.K. Printworld
Language: English
isbn 9788124609460
length xv+211p.