The Oxford Handbook of the Self

The Oxford Handbook of the Self

by Shaun Gallagher
     
 

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 these areas. In philosophy and some areas of cognitive science, the emphasis on… See more details below

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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 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.

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"It is remarkable that Shaun Gallagher has managed to dish up such a satisfying work in The Oxford Handbook of the Self.... Shaun Gallagher has assembled an outstanding array of articles to understand how contemporary research programs in diverse fields converge on the self to address the perennial problem of the nature of our being. The Oxford Handbook of the Self is an excellent, interdisciplinary resource for teaching and research."--John P. Lizza, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

"Shaun Gallagher has done a great job compiling this volume of excellent reads in the philosophy of the self and its adjacent scientific fields of application. The volume combines a balanced set of classical papers with texts that have been produced exclusively for this volume...This volume shows clearly that the philosophy of the self is among the most interesting and vital areas of research." -- Ludwig Jaskolla, Metapsychology Online Reviews

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199679546
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
11/15/2013
Series:
Oxford Handbooks Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
760
Sales rank:
377,557
Product dimensions:
6.60(w) x 9.60(h) x 1.70(d)

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