In Search of Self: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Personhood

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.


Justin Barrett

Eric Bergemann

Joao Biehl

Emma Cohen

Pamela Cooper-White

Terrence W. Deacon

Deanie Eichenstein

James W. Haag

Jan-Olav Henriksen

Ian Hodder

Catherine Keller

Barbara J. King

Jay Ogilvy

Philip A. Rolnick

Helene Tallon Russell

Calvin O. Schrag

Roger Scruton

Maxine Sheets-Johnstone

Daniel J. Siegel

Ellen Streit

Marjorie Hewitt Suchoki

Ian Tattersall

Jennifer Thweatt-Bates

Leon Turner

J. Wentzel van Huyssteen

Erik P. Wiebe

Hetty Zock

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802863867
Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
Publication date: 04/29/2011
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Erik P. Wiebe is Associate Pastor for Christian Formation and Community Outreach at First Presbyterian Church of Santa Barbara, CA.

J. Wentzel van Huyssteen is the James I. McCord Professor Emeritus of Theology and Science at Princeton Theological Seminary and in 2003 became the first South African and the first Princeton Seminary professor to deliver the prestigious Gifford Lectures.


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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