The Oxford Handbook of the Self

Paperback | September 18, 2013

EditorShaun Gallagher

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Research on the topic of self has increased significantly in recent years across a number of disciplines, including philosophy, psychology, psychopathology, and neuroscience. The Oxford Handbook of the Self is an interdisciplinary collection of essays that address questions in all of theseareas. In philosophy and some areas of cognitive science, the emphasis on embodied cognition has fostered a renewed interest in rethinking personal identity, mind-body dualism, and overly Cartesian conceptions of self. Poststructuralist deconstructions of traditional metaphysical conceptions ofsubjectivity have led to debates about whether there are any grounds (moral if not metaphysical) for reconstructing the notion of self. Questions about whether selves actually exist or have an illusory status have been raised from perspectives as diverse as neuroscience, Buddhism, and narrative theory. With respect to self-agency, similar questions arise in experimental psychology. In addition, advances in developmental psychologyhave pushed to the forefront questions about the ontogenetic origin of self-experience, while studies of psychopathology suggest that concepts like self and agency are central to explaining important aspects of pathological experience. These and other issues motivate questions about how weunderstand, not only "the self", but also how we understand ourselves in social and cultural contexts.

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Research on the topic of self has increased significantly in recent years across a number of disciplines, including philosophy, psychology, psychopathology, and neuroscience. The Oxford Handbook of the Self is an interdisciplinary collection of essays that address questions in all of theseareas. In philosophy and some areas of cognitiv...

Shaun Gallagher is Professor of Philosophy and Cognitive Sciences, and Senior Researcher at the Institute of Simulation and Training, at the University of Central Florida (USA). He has secondary research appointments at the University of Hertfordshire and the University of Copenhagen. He has been Visiting Scientist at the Cognition and...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:768 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 0.68 inPublished:September 18, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Shaun Gallagher: Introduction: A diversity of selves1. Self: Beginnings and basics1. John Barresi and Raymond Martin: History as Prologue: Western Theories of the Self2. Philippe Rochat: What is it like to be a newborn?3. Gordon G. Gallup, Jr., James R. Anderson, and Steven M. Platek: Self-recognition4. Kai Vogeley and Shaun Gallagher: Self in the brain2. Bodily selves5. Quassim Cassam: The embodied self6. Jose Bermudez: Body awareness and self-consciousness7. Manos Tsakiris: The sense of body ownership8. Dorothee Legrand: Phenomenological dimensions of bodily self-consciousness9. Aaron Henry and Evan Thompson: Witnessing from Here: Self-Awareness from a Bodily versus Embodied Perspective3. Phenomenology and metaphysics of self10. Galen Strawson: The minimal subject11. Thomas Metzinger: The no-self alternative12. Mark Siderits: Buddhist Non-Self: The No-Owner's Manual13. Dan Zahavi: Unity of consciousness and the problem of self4. Personal identity, narrative identity, and self-knowledge14. John Campbell: Personal identity15. Sydney Shoemaker: On what we are16. John Perry: On knowing your self17. Marya Schechtman: The narrative self5. Action and the moral dimensions of self18. Derek Parfit: The unimportance of identity19. Elisabeth Pacherie: Self-agency20. Alfred Mele: Self-control in action21. David Shoemaker: Moral responsibility and the self6. Self pathologies22. Josef Parnas and Louis Sass: The structure of self-consciousness in schizophrenia23. Jennifer Radden: Multiple selves24. Peter Hobson: Autism and the self25. Marcia Cavell: The self: Growth, integrity, and coming apart7. The self in diverse contexts26. Richard Menary: Our Glassy Essence: the Fallible Self in Pragmatist Thought27. Kenneth Gergen: The social construction of self28. Hubert Hermans: The Dialogical Self: A Process of Positioning in Space and Time29. Elspeth Probyn: Glass Selves: Emotions, subjectivity, and the research process30. Leonard Lawlor: The Postmodern Self: An Essay on Anachronism and Powerlessness31. Lorraine Code: Self, subjectivity, and the instituted social imaginary

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"an outstanding array of articles ... an excellent, interdisciplinary resource for teaching and research." --John P. Lizza, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews