Quantum Mind and Social Science: Unifying Physical and Social Ontology

Author: Alexander Wendt

Price: $29.99

Paperback: 366 pages

Publisher: Cambridge University Press (April 20, 2015)

Language: English

Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches

1. Introduction

There is an underlying assumption in the social sciences that consciousness and social life are ultimately classical physical/material phenomena. In this ground-breaking book, Alexander Wendt challenges this assumption by proposing that consciousness is, in fact, a macroscopic quantum mechanical phenomenon. In the first half of the book, Wendt justifies the insertion of quantum theory into social scientific debates, introduces social scientists to quantum theory and the philosophical controversy about its interpretation, and then defends the quantum consciousness hypothesis against the orthodox, classical approach to the mind-body problem. In the second half, he develops the implications of this metaphysical perspective for the nature of language and the agent-structure problem in social ontology. Wendt's argument is a revolutionary development which raises fundamental questions about the nature of social life and the work of those who study it.

This book proposes a quantum physical basis for consciousness and its place in the natural world, and explores the implications of this perspective for the social sciences. Wendt's argument provides a philosophical basis for human agency through free will, and for a holistic or 'non-local' vision of social life.

2. Comment

2.1 By jpg on November 14, 2015

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Most of all, this is a serious book written by a serious scholar. The implications of his thesis are profound for any conventional view of the Social Sciences. Perhaps only a thinker of such proven qualification could set forth so bold a vision in such a forceful and credible way. Fortunately, it is also a book clearly written and accessible to a wide variety of readers. Joseph P Garske

2.2 By Michael DeLoach on July 13, 2015

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This book is a fascinating piece of cross discipline scholarship that enhances the field of social science as a whole. While I bought this book hoping that the lessons would apply to international relations in particular, the book is more about broad means of conceptualizing social science ontologies. Once again, Wendt, who is best know for revolutionizing the world of theoretical international relations as the father of constructivism, turns existing thinking on its head with this riveting work.

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