Somatic Integrity: Re-casting the Neural Paradigm
Larrivee, Denis. Somatic Integrity: Re-casting the Neural Paradigm. 2017
Today's neuroscientiﬁc understanding is widely regarded as revelatory for human ontology, seeing in human nature the mechanistic product of neural network operation. This understanding propels the modern, nationally driven, research initiatives of the Americas, Europe, and Asia that are intended to unlock the physical basis of human behavior. However, their empiricist praxis, a legacy of Cartesian mechanistic and Comtean positivistic philosophy, dismisses the metaphysical basis that is at the heart of why the neural architecture is so ordered to express human ontological faculties, thereby excluding the source of their anthropological meaning. The reintegration of neuroscience's empirically conceived epistemology into a realist metaphysical order is thus among the most pressing needs for yielding a genuine and valued human anthropology. The work, ''Somatic lntegrity: Recasting the Neural Paradigm,'' assists in restoring this fundamental meaning by addressing the question of the origin of neural and bodily integration. By demonstrating its ontological conﬁguration, the work restores human value to a metaphysical and spiritual source that orders human neurological and material structure. Also, this study addresses the metaphysical deconstruction that is at the heart of this contradiction by demonstrating that neural integration is ontologically conﬁgured, the product of a metaphysical influence that spiritually informs the neural order and bodily integration, and restores human anthropological meaning, siting contingent value to the whole human and reversing its ethical contravention in modern neurological criteria for death.