The human mind has proven uniquely capable of unraveling untold mysteries, and yet, the mind is fundamentally challenged when it turns back on itself to ask what it itself is. How do we conceive of mind in this postmodern world; how can we use philosophical anthropology to understand mind and its functions? While philosophers and social scientists have made important contributions to our understanding of mind, existing theories are insufficient for penetrating the complexities of mind in the twenty-first century.
Mind Unmasked: A Political Phenomenology of Consciousness draws on twentieth-century philosophies of consciousness to explain the phenomenon of mind in the broadest sense of the word. Michael A. Weinstein and Timothy M. Yetman develop a thought provoking discourse that moves beyond the nature of the human experience of mind at both the individual and interpersonal levels and present a meditation on life in the contemporary world of global mass-mediated human culture.
'Weinstein and Yetman offer a fascinating and complex analysis of human existence and consciousness. They create a unique and provocative approach to reflecting on what it means to be ‘human’, and the rational and non-ration influences that permeate perception.' - James M. Glass, Department of Government and Politics, University of Maryland, College Park
'From political theory to popular culture, Michael A. Weinstein is, and will always remain, the truly indispensable thinker, a writer of lucid, intense and urgent imagination at the height of his times. His penetrating essays and excurses in Mind Unmasked provide a powerful counterpoint to the "serio-comedy" of contemporary culture by actually bending the fragmented, split postmodern mind in the direction of a new philosophy of life. Here, Nietzsche’s Zarathustra listens carefully again to this new telling of an ancient story: how do you continue to think lucidly, and in that thinking live ethically, in the midst of the culture blast that is life in the fast, but radically fragmented, 21st century?' - Arthur Kroker, Author of Exits to the Posthuman Future and Body Drift
'An invaluable inquiry into the phenomenology of mind and its application to contemporary socio-political life. A refreshing critique of totalizing discourses meant to project certainty and security at the expense of an appreciation for contingency and nuance.' - Timothy Seul, Waseda University
1. Mind, Narrativity, and the Euro-Romance
2. Integral Consciousness
3. Embeddedness, Serio-Comedy, and the Third Ape
4. Welcome to the Fragmentorium! It’s Ridiculous!