Constructing the Self

Valerie Gray Hardcastle | University of Cincinnati
ISBN 9789027252098 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
ISBN 9789027291141 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
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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
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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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2017. Moral Responsibility, Alienation, and Multiplex Selves. AJOB Neuroscience 8:3  pp. 171 ff. DOI logo
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2019. Predicting the Self: Lessons from Schizophrenia. Review of Philosophy and Psychology 10:2  pp. 381 ff. DOI logo
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2014. Adapted Self in the Context of Disability: An Ecological, Embodied Perspective. In Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Consciousness and the Self,  pp. 193 ff. DOI logo
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2012. Toward an explanatory framework for mental ownership. Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences 11:2  pp. 251 ff. DOI logo
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2015. The Trinidadian ‘Theory of Mind’. International Journal of Language and Culture 2:2  pp. 169 ff. DOI logo
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2021. Interaction of Human Temporality and External World. In Physics of the Human Temporality [Understanding Complex Systems, ],  pp. 229 ff. DOI logo
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2021. The Phenomenological Self in Physics of the Human Mind. In Physics of the Human Temporality [Understanding Complex Systems, ],  pp. 611 ff. DOI logo
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2018. The Embodied Self, the Pattern Theory of Self, and the Predictive Mind. Frontiers in Psychology 9 DOI logo
Pihlainen, Kalle
2019. Experience, Materiality and the Rules of Past Writing: Interrogating Reference. Life Writing 16:4  pp. 617 ff. DOI logo
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Consciousness Research

Consciousness research

Main BIC Subject

JMS: The self, ego, identity, personality

Main BISAC Subject

PSY023000: PSYCHOLOGY / Personality
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U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2008010648 | Marc record