Constructing the Self

| University of Cincinnati
ISBN 9789027252098 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
ISBN 9789027291141 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
Constructing the Self analyzes the narrative conception of self, filling a serious gap in philosophy and grounding discussion in other disciplines. It answers the questions:

  • What are the connections between our interpretations, selfhood, and conscious phenomenal experience?

  • Why do we believe that our interpretations of our life-defining events are narrative in nature?

  • From the myriad of thoughts, actions, and emotions which constitute our experiences, how do we choose what is interpretively important, the tiny subset that composes the self?

By synthesizing the different approaches to understanding the self from philosophy of mind, developmental psychology, psychopathology, and cognitive science, this monograph gives us deeper insight into what being minded, being a person, and having a self are, as well as clarifies the difference and relation between conscious and unconscious mental states and normal and abnormal minds. The explication also affords new perspectives on human development and human emotion. (Series A)

[Advances in Consciousness Research, 73]  2008.  xi, 186 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. On being a person
Chapter 2. Self stories
Chapter 3. Self stories
Chapter 4. The development of Self
Chapter 6. Unconscious mental life
Chapter 7. Multiplex and multiple selves
Chapter 8. Life at the borders
Chapter 9. Death, violence and the myth of autonomy
Constructing the Self is an absorbing and thoughtful reflection on the narrative self. [...] The writing troughout is levely and engaging, and the book is delightfully easy to read. This is no small accomplishment given the depth and intricacy of the material. [...] Constructing the Self is an instructive and provocative book, and a welcome resource for anyone interested in problems of the self.”
“Constructing the self covers a very interesting topic in the philosophy of mind, and it is written in an approachable and engaging style.”
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Consciousness Research

Consciousness research
BIC Subject: JMS – The self, ego, identity, personality
BISAC Subject: PSY023000 – PSYCHOLOGY / Personality
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2008010648