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The Oxford Handbook of the Self

Edited by Shaun Gallagher

Volume 1, issue Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780199548019
Published online May 2011 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199548019.001.0001

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Philosophy

The Oxford Handbook of the Self

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The Oxford Handbook of the Self is an interdisciplinary collection of articles that address questions across a number of disciplines, including philosophy, psychology, psychopathology, and neuroscience. Research on the topic of self has increased significantly in recent years in all of these areas. 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 of subjectivity 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 psychology have 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 we understand, not only the self, but also how we understand ourselves in social and cultural contexts.

Keywords: philosophy; psychology; psychopathology; neuroscience; cognitive science; embodied cognition; personal identity; mind-body dualism; Cartesian conceptions; metaphysical conceptions

Book.  768 pages. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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Introduction in The Oxford Handbook of the Self

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History as Prologue in The Oxford Handbook of the Self

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Self‐Recognition in The Oxford Handbook of the Self

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Self in the Brain in The Oxford Handbook of the Self

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The Embodied Self in The Oxford Handbook of the Self

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The Sense of Body Ownership in The Oxford Handbook of the Self

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Witnessing from Here in The Oxford Handbook of the Self

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