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Третичният мисловен процес на кръстопътя между метапсихологията, когнитивната наука и невронауката
Third Thought Process at the Intersection of Metapsychology, Cognitive Science and Neuroscience

Author(s): Petar Radoev Dimkov
Subject(s): Philosophy, Social Sciences, Education, Psychology, Philosophical Traditions, Epistemology, Individual Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Experimental Pschology, Neuropsychology, Psychology of Self, Psychoanalysis
Published by: Национално издателство за образование и наука „Аз-буки“
Keywords: Sigmund Freud; thought processes; metapsychology; cognitive science; neuroscience; creativity

Summary/Abstract: The strict differentiation between the abstract-verbal-logical thought (the Freudian secondary thought process) and the primitive, fantastic thought (primary thought process) is conditional and the border between the two is not clear-cut. This fact allows one to postulate the existence of a third thought process, which would fill the empty space. The third process, essentially, can be defined as concrete, imaginative representation of abstract notions, which is subjected to modifications of volition or as a regress in the name of the ego. Due to this position, the question about the third process touches upon some ancient philosophical questions, e. g. the origin of notions, in particular, the so-called conceptual empiricism, and the transcendental schematism of Kant. Also involved are the contemporary psychological research on representations as concrete and nonetheless generalizing image as well as fantastic imagination and reproductive imagination. The third process reveals itself as invaluable means to creative thought, which, in comparison with the secondary process, is elastic and plastic, and exactly due to this fact it can be subjected to modification (constructivism). Subjectivism and constructivism allow one to view this thought process from a philosophico-practical point of view.

  • Issue Year: 25/2016
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 186-202
  • Page Count: 17
  • Language: Bulgarian