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Sexual Identities and Narratives of Self

Gillian Einstein and Owen Flanagan

in Narrative and Consciousness

Published in print August 2003 | ISBN: 9780195140057
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199847402 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195140057.003.0011
Sexual Identities and Narratives of Self

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Certain philosophical ideas about identity, what makes one human, and other such dimensions may be associated with conceptions that concern how scientific knowledge about sense of self may be reinforced by processes that occur within the body and the brain. John Locke's cognitivist view asserts that among all other organisms, and although these organisms may possess organic integrity and biological continuity, only human beings are bestowed with a semantic and autobiographical memory. While Locke's view concentrates on how personal identity should entail cognitive memory, this chapter looks into alternative views wherein the self also involves certain conative factors. This chapter looks into the notion of sexual self and how the body and brain may also determine the self.

Keywords: identity; human; personhood; John Locke; cognitivist view; autobiographical memory; conative factors; sexual self; body; brain

Chapter.  10845 words. 

Subjects: Cognitive Psychology

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