Lege Artis Medicinae

[Maurice Ravel’s Illness ]

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DECEMBER 18, 2013

Lege Artis Medicinae - 2013;23(12)

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[Overall, it is clear that humanity is facing perhaps its greatest challenge ever; humanity needs a consciously done reform, in its established economic and social mechanisms. A kind of passionate self-reflection, a dedogmatisation. This requires a deeper and more comprehensive understanding of its history and of itself. The way to a peaceful Christmas 2073, I suggest...]

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[In this paper, our aim is to scrutinise the psychology and phenomenology of interpersonal relationships from an interdisciplinary viewpoint. This multi-perspectival examination has a key concept: we critically discuss the interdisciplinary dialogues and philosophical appraisals regarding the issue of mirror neurons. Empathy and resonance phenomena have philosophical, psychological, and biomedical importance. Our paper, by applying certain philosophical and empirical results of the overarching paradigm of embodiment, attempts to shed light on several semantic problems, which could come up with respect to the function of mirror-neurons. In conclusion, we would like to attempt to utilise the results of contemporary phenomenology in order to clear some semantic problems, considering the features of mirroring and resonant behaviour.]

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