The Problem of the Ideal

by David Dubrovsky

CONTENTS
   
Introduction 7
   
PART ONE. THE IDEAL AS SUBJECTIVE REALITY 12
   
Chapter 1. General Characteristics of the Problem of the Ideal 12
   
1. The Category of the Ideal in the System of Philosophical Knowledge 12
2. The Material and the Ideal. The Initial Definition of the Category of the Ideal 17
3. Natural‑Scientific Aspects of the Problem of the Ideal. Types of Subjective Reality 23
4. Disputes over the Problem of the Ideal in Marxist Literature 33
   
Chapter 2. The Structure of Subjective Reality 56
   
1. Subjective Reality as an Integral Multi‑Dimensional Dynamic Bipolar and Self‑Organising Structure. The Unity of the "Self" and "Other" Modalities 56
2. The Unity of the Reflexive and the Nonreflexive, the Actual and the Dispositional in the Structure of Subjective Reality. Attitude of the Self to Its Own Ego 64
3. Analytical Structure Parameters of Subjective Reality  78
   
Chapter 3. The Psychic, the Logical and the Ideal 88
   
1. Reflection, the Psychic, Consciousness and the Ideal 88
2. The Psychic, the Logical, the Ideal. Untenability of Radical Antipsychologism  94
3. The Ideal as the Unity of Epistemological and Ontological Aspects 101
   
PART TWO. THE IDEAL AND THE MIND‑BRAIN PROBLEM. CRITIQUE OF "SCIENTIFIC MATERIALISM" AND SUBSTANTIATION OF AN ALTERNATIVE CONCEPTION 109
   
Chapter 4. "Scientific Materialism" and the Mind‑Brain Problem: A New Attempt at Discarding the Category of the Ideal 109
   
1. The Main Features of "Scientific Materialism" 109
2. Varieties of "Scientific Materialism 119
3. Critique of "Scientific Materialism" in Contemporary Western Philosophy 127
   
Chapter 5. Untenability of Physicalist Approach to the Mind‑Brain Problem 139
   
1. Physicalist Paradigm and Its Reductionist Programme. Physical Reality and Objective Reality 139
2. Methodological Impasse of the Paradigm of Physicalism 148
3. "Functional Materialism" and Use of General Scientific Notions in the Investigation of the Mind‑Brain Problem. Conception of "Emergentist Materialism" 154
   
Chapter 6. Informational Approach to the Mind‑Brain Problem as an Alternative to "Scientific Materialism" 166
   
1. The Ideal and Information 166
2. The Category of the Ideal and the Informational Approach to the Mind‑Brain Problem 173
3. Decoding as a Special Cognitive Task in the Study of Living Nature, the Psyche and Culture 193
   
PART THREE. THE SOCIO‑CULTURAL ASPECT OF THE PROBLEM OF THE IDEAL 208
   
Chapter 7. The Category of the Ideal and the Problem of Social Consciousness 208
   
1. Theoretical Difficulties in Defining Social Consciousness through the Category of the Ideal  208
2. Interrelation Between Individual and Social Conscious­ness. Individual Consciousness as a Source of New Formations in the Sphere of Social Consciousness 213
3. In What Sense Is Social Consciousness Ideal? 229
4. The Ideal an Idea, Idealisation, an Ideal 235
   
Chapter 8. Social Dialectic of the Ideal and the Material 253
   
1. Subjective Reality and Speech 253
2. Interrelation of Material and Spiritual Activity. Activity and Communication 264
3. The Ideal as an Expression of Man's Capacity for Action. Objectification‑Deobjectification Processes and the Structure of the Action Capacity  269
4.  The Category of the Ideal and the "Personal Aspect" of Social Consciousness and Social Activity 277
   
Name Index 287
   
Subject  Index 292


SOURCE: Dubrovsky, David. The Problem of the Ideal: The Nature of Mind and Its Relationship to the Brain and Social Medium. Translated by Vladimir Stankevich. Moscow: Progress Publishers, 1988. 293 pp.


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