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Dr. Iain McGilchrist

Six years ago, the psychiatrist and cultural critic Dr. Iain McGilchrist published his pathbreaking book The Master and His Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World (Yale University Press, 2009). Blending cutting-edge neuroscience with the phenomenology of Husserl, Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty, and Wittgenstein, McGilchrist explored the logic(s) of the artistic, scientific, philosophical and religious history of Western culture in order to call those of us in Western culture back to the embodied life-world (Lebenswelt).

Dr. McGilchrist is currently in the process of deepening his phenomenological and neuroscientific explorations of human being in the dimensions of religion, mysticism, spirituality, mindfulness and contemplation, and the Simon Silverman Phenomenology Center is delighted to welcome him to Duquesne University for a two-day seminar on his past and current work.