Gary Fireman, Ted McVay and Owen Flanagan

in Narrative and Consciousness

Published in print August 2003 | ISBN: 9780195140057
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199847402 | DOI:

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The narratives that we tell ourselves and others aid in developing our conscious awareness, since such provide a central means for us to know ourselves and others. Conscious experience is both related to and consumed by the personal stories we make up and share with each other in a cultural frame. However, unless we are able to explain how consciousness is related to such narratives, the notion that narratives are vital to conscious experience does not provide that much reliable information. To further explore this notion through looking into how certain concepts and findings regarding neurobiological and psychological analyses with legitimate aims have possible relationships, we make use of Flanagan's “natural method.” This chapter introduces how this approach was initially intended to analyze the psychology, neurobiology, and phenomenology involved in issues regarding consciousness.

Keywords: narratives; conscious experience; personal stories; natural method; conscious awareness; cultural frame; consciousness; psychology; neurobiology; phenomenology

Chapter.  4797 words. 

Subjects: Cognitive Psychology

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