Invited paper: Rationality and Consciousness from a Genetic Perspective

Balkan Journal of Philosophy 7 (1):17-30 (2015)

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Michel Weber
University of Saskatchewan
Abstract
Rationality and consciousness are strictly correlated. If one evolves, the other necessarily changes accordingly. Of all the possible modes of inquiry, this paper adopts a process genetic perspective informed by the historical speculations of Julian Jaynes. First, we co-define consciousness and rationality. Second, we take up again Jaynes’s insight: consciousness has a history, or consciousness has a pre-history. Third, we underline that the sharpening of operational rationality has involved a palpable impoverishment of consciousness over the ages and nefarious consequences for our future.
Keywords Contemporary Philosophy
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ISBN(s) 1313-888X
DOI 10.5840/bjp2015713
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