In Search of Self: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Personhood

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Editors J. Wentzel van Huyssteen and Erik P. Wiebe present a state-of-the-art multidisciplinary discussion on “the problem of self” — the elusive nature of the human self and all its complex dimensions. With contributions from experts in philosophy, archaeology, primatology, psychology, neuroscience, cognitive science of religion, and more, this book explores concepts of imagination, self-awareness, consciousness, religiosity, and personhood.
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Overview

Editors J. Wentzel van Huyssteen and Erik P. Wiebe present a state-of-the-art multidisciplinary discussion on “the problem of self” — the elusive nature of the human self and all its complex dimensions. With contributions from experts in philosophy, archaeology, primatology, psychology, neuroscience, cognitive science of religion, and more, this book explores concepts of imagination, self-awareness, consciousness, religiosity, and personhood.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802863867
  • Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 4/29/2011
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

J. Wentzel van Huyssteen is the first South African and the first Princeton Seminary professor to deliver the prestigious Gifford Lectures. He is the James I. McCord Professor of Theology and Science at Princeton Theological Seminary and the author of many books.

Erik P. Wiebe is a PhD candidate in Theological Ethics at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Research Intern at the Stead Center for Ethics and Values, and Director of Worship and Discipleship Formation at the First Presbyterian Church of Wilmette, Illinois.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments x

Introduction J. Wentzel van Huyssteen Erik P. Wiebe 1

Part 1 The Self and Origins

1 Origin of the Human Sense of Self Ian Tattersall 33

2 An Archeology of the Self: The Prehistory of Personhood Ian Hodder 50

3 Are Apes and Elephants Persons? Barbara J. King 70

4 Neuroscience and Spirituality Eric Bergemann Daniel J. Siegel Deanie Eichenstein Ellen Streit 83

5 In Search of "Folk Anthropology": The Cognitive Anthropology of the Person Emma Cohen Justin L. Barrett 104

Part 2 The Self and Multiplicity

6 Disunity and Disorder: The "Problem" of Self-Fragmentation Léon Turner 125

7 Reenactors: Theological and Psychological Reflections on "Core Selves," Multiplicity, and the Sense of Cohesion Pamela Cooper-White 141

8 The Existential Self in a Culture of Multiplicity: Hubert Hermans's Theory of the Dialogical Self Hetty Zock 163

9 The Multiple Self Helene Tallon Russell Marjorie Hewitt Suchocki 182

10 On the Elusive Nature of the Human Self: Divining the Ontological Dynamics of Animate Being Maxine Sheets-Johnstone 198

Part 3 The Self and Identity

11 The Quest for Self-Identity Calvin O. Schrag 223

12 Posthuman Selves: Bodies, Cognitive Processes, and Technologies Jennifer Thweatt-Bates 243

13 The Erotic Self and the Image of God Jan-Olav Henriksen 256

14 Human Pharmakon: The Anthropology of Technological Lives João Biehl 273

Part 4 The Self and Emergence

15 Enigmatic Experiences: Spirit, Complexity, and Person Catherine Keller 301

16 The Emergence of Self James W. Haag Terrence W. Deacon Jay Ogilvy 319

17 Neurononsense and the Soul Roger Scruton 338

18 Persons at Home in the Universe: Openness, Purpose, and Transcendence Philip A. Rolnick 357

List of Contributors 375

Index of Names 381

Index of Subjects 384

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