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Experienced Wholeness: Integrating Insights from Gestalt Theory, Cognitive Neuroscience, and Predictive Processing

Wanja Wiese


The unity of the experienced world and the experienced self have puzzled humanity for centuries. How can we understand this and related types of phenomenal (i.e., experienced) unity? This book develops an interdisciplinary account of phenomenal unity. It focuses on examples of experienced wholes such as perceived objects (chairs and tables, but also groups of objects), bodily experiences, successions of events, and the attentional structure of consciousness. As a first step, the book investigates how the unity of consciousness can be characterized phenomenologically: what is it like to experie ... More

Keywords: Wholeness, Unity, Phenomenal unity, Regularity account, Gestalt theory, Predictive processing, Bayesian inference, Prediction error minimization

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780262036993
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262036993.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Wanja Wiese, author
Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz