Zdravko Radman

Zdravko Radman
Résidents Labex RFIEA+
pas Eurias

dates de séjour

15/02/2014 - 15/07/2014



Fonction d’origine

Senior Researcher

Institution d’origine

Institut de philosophie, Zagreb (Croatie)

pays d'origine


projet de recherche

The Autonomous Mind

Modern cognitive science and philosophy of mind are predominantly conscious- and thought-centered, and largely insensitive to all that cannot be captured in intellectualist terms. They take for granted that thoughts are consciously controlled, that actions originate in deliberation, and that behavior is basically a result of some sort of propositional plan. However, propositionality, the reign of reason, and conceptual conduct concerns just a small fraction of what makes human mentality; the thinking mind, linguistically structured, explicit in form, rational, and volitional, is but a tiny bit of what constitutes us as mindful beings. All those processes, usually affiliated with ‘higher’ cognitive mental activities, are only late products in the course of the emergence of the mental, preceded by the overwhelming dynamics of what I call the ‘autonomous mind’. The term stays for the massive and robust mechanism acting in the ‘background’, or in the ‘default’ modus, which charts the arena of possible action, motor and mental, before it is molded in consciousness, before the ‘self’ is aware of it, and before it is shaped in narration.


Zdravko Radman is a researcher at the Institute of Philosophy in Zagreb, Croatia. His research interests include: theory of knowledge (perception; imagination; analogical reasoning); general philosophy of science (scientific vs. nonscientific rationality; logic vs. emotion); philosophy of language (language-perception relation; cognitive theory of metaphor; theory of fiction); aesthetics (art as a mode of cognition; aesthetics of science; and philosophy of mind  (embodied knowing, intentionality, possibilities and limitations of artificial intelligence). He has published books (monographs and collections of essays), articles and reviews in Croatian, English and German, some also translated into Slovene, Japanese and Chinese, and in addition reviewed also in Spanish, Finish, Italian, Hungarian, Chinese, Japanese and other languages. He earned a PhD from the Faculty of Arts, University of Zagreb (1982).



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