Thinking about Thinking (Veritas) (Paperback)

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Thinking About Thinking: Mind and Meaning in the Era of Techno-Nihilism addresses our existential crisis by reminding us of the conditions for meaning that have been obscured by the modern technological mentality. Madden weaves together disparate insights from Wittgenstein, Hegel, Aristotle, Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty, Nietzsche, Sophocles, and others in an attempt to account for our mindedness in terms of its inextricable connection to a world capable of inspiring our care. The mind is not a discrete entity locked behind the skull or withdrawn into a ghostly realm, but a participation in an inheritance (biological and cultural) held in common with other participants, and taking responsibility for that world is crucial for the meaning. The ever-increasing technological mediation of our lives undermines this worldliness. We are subsequently "losing our minds," and as our mindedness fades, so goes our sense of dignity and value. Madden makes this case deploying insights from phenomenology, analytic philosophy, Aristotelianism, neuroscience, and cognitive science, and along the way confronts the mind-body problem, freedom, artificial intelligence, transhumanism, and nihilism. More importantly, he invites the reader into an accessible dialogue concerning issues of grave importance to the meaning of our lives.

About the Author

James D. Madden is professor of philosophy at Benedictine College. He is the author of Mind, Matter, and Nature: A Thomistic Proposal for the Philosophy of Mind (2013) along with articles on the philosophy of mind and the philosophy of religion. He lives in Atchison, Kansas, with his wife and their children. You may find out more about his work at
Product Details
ISBN: 9781666754186
ISBN-10: 1666754188
Publisher: Cascade Books
Publication Date: October 31st, 2023
Pages: 220
Language: English
Series: Veritas