Erwin Straus on the Way to Neurophenomenology

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Abstract

Moss (2015) makes a brief reference to the work of Erwin Straus in his book review of Susan Gordon’s (2013)Neurophenomenology and Its Applications to Psychology, but he excludes Straus from the neurophenomenology movement. This comment provides evidence from Changeux and Ricoeur (2002), Straus and Griffith (1967) on the Lexington Conferences on Phenomenology, and Eng (2002) to indicate that Erwin Straus contributed substantially to the movement. The two brains aporia, discussed in detail by the above references gives evidence for Straus’ contribution. In all his work Straus demonstrates the application of neurophenomenology to psychology. Two brains are clearly involved in Straus’ distinction between pathic and gnostic brain dominance. There is evidence that the upright posture allows for a reflexive temporal pathic right hemispheric dominance and a gnostic left hemisphere dominance.

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