The History of Consciousness: Romanism Through The Middle Ages

Document Type

Grant Proposal

Date Accepted

Summer 2004

Project Description/Abstract

Through there continues to be a large amount of theoretical and empirical research on consciousness and conscious mental processing, this research still lacks a firm paradigmatic foundation which further progress in the field requires. In fact, there is even doubt whether consciousness can be scientifically explored. Nevertheless, the topic is too important to ignore – consciousness is the central fact of mental life. This project aims to further explore the history of thinking about consciousness by specifically looking at the contributions from Romanism through the Middle Ages. The purpose of this historical exploration is to (a) present the history of thinking about consciousness in a detailed and systematic fashion, and (b) to use this presentation to shed light on the boundaries and limitations of current paradigms used to explore consciousness.

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