The Cultural Psychology of Self: Place, Morality and Art in Human Worlds / Edition 1

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Philosophers and psychologists both investigate the self, but often in isolation from one another. this book brings together studies by philosophers and psychologists in an exploration of the self and its function. It will be of interest to all those involved in philosophy, psychology and sociology.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415089050
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/22/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Meet the Author

Ciaran Benson is Professor of Psychology at University College Dublin, Ireland.

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Table of Contents

Pt. I The centrality of place for selfhood 1
Introduction 3
1 Selves and the need to navigate human worlds: a cultural psychological approach 16
2 The brain's work in locating selves 31
3 Placing oneself in personal time: the narrative structure of self 45
4 Moral identity and cultural-historical locations for self 59
5 Self-creation as self-location 73
6 Pronouns placing selves: 'I' and its associates 88
7 Feeling your way: emotions as self's pathfinders 103
Pt. II Location, dislocation and relocation: responsibility, caring, art and changing prospects 119
Introduction 121
8 Childhood, responsibility and acquiring powers to place oneself as a moral agent 130
9 Pitilessness and compassion: caring where others are 146
10 Suffering, radical dislocation and the limits of moral responsibility 161
11 Being moved: art, self and positive absorption 176
12 Points of view and none: visual art and the location of self 192
13 Individual and national identity: analogy, symbiosis and artistic process 206
14 Psychologies of maturity: development or destination? 222
Conclusion 237
Navigating human worlds 239
Bibliography 244
Index 255
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