Consciousness and Loneliness: Theoria and Praxis


Current research claims loneliness is passively caused by external conditions: environmental, cultural, situational, and even chemical imbalances in the brain and hence avoidable. In this book, the author argues that loneliness is actively constituted by acts of reflexive self-consciousness (Kant) and transcendent intentionality (Husserl) and is, therefore, unavoidable. This work employs a historical, conceptual, and interdisciplinary approach (philosophy, psychology, literature, sociology, etc.) criticizing both psychoanalysis and neuroscience. The book pits materialism, mechanism, determinism, empiricism, phenomenalism, behaviorism, and the neurosciences against dualism, both subjective and objective idealism, rationalism, freedom, phenomenology, and existentialism. It offers a dynamic of loneliness, whose spontaneous subconscious sources undercuts the unconscious of Freud and the “computerism” of the neurosciences by challenging their claims to be predictive sciences.
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Biographical Note

Ben Mijuskovic, Ph.D (University of California, San Diego), is a tenured Associate Professor, and teaches at California State University. He is a licensed Clinical Therapist and author of 4 books and 60 articles.

Table of contents

Part 1

1 Introduction to the Simplicity Argument and its Relation to Previous Studies 2 The Simplicity Argument: Meanings, Relations, and Space 3 The Simplicity Argument and the Freedom of Consciousness 4 The Simplicity Argument and Immanent Time-Consciousness 5 The Simplicity Argument and the Quality of Consciousness 6 Neuromania and Neo-Phrenology versus Consciousness

Part 2

7 The Simplicity Argument versus a Materialist Theory of Mind

Part 3

8 The Bicameral Mind, the Abyss, and Underworlds 9 Loneliness: In Harm’s Way 10 Metaphysical Dualism, Subjective Idealism, and Existentialism By Way of an Epilogue Bibliography Index


The book is interdisciplinary and will be of interest to graduate students, professors and other academics in the field of philosophy, psychology, literature, theology, sociology, religion, behaviourism, neuroscience, academic researchers, and institutional libraries, as well as others interested in the study of loneliness.


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