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Virtual Selves, Real Persons
A Dialogue across Disciplines

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  • Date Published: April 2012
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107404229

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  • How do we know and understand who we really are as human beings? The concept of 'the self' is central to many strands of psychology and philosophy. This book tackles the problem of how to define persons and selves and discusses the ways in which different disciplines, such as biology, sociology and philosophy, have dealt with this topic. Richard S. Hallam examines the notion that the idea of the self as some sort of entity is a human construction and, in effect, a virtual reality. At the same time, this virtual self is intimately related to the reality of ourselves as biological organisms. Aiming to integrate a constructionist understanding of self with the universalizing assumptions that are needed in natural science approaches, this text is unique in its attempt to create a dialogue across academic disciplines, while retaining a consistent perspective on the problem of relating nature to culture.

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    • Winner of the Media Ecology Association 2011 Erving Goffman Award for Outstanding Scholarship in the Ecology of Social Interaction

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    • Date Published: April 2012
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107404229
    • length: 348 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.51kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Acknowledgements
    Part I. A constructionist framework for person and self:
    1. The main themes: virtual selves, mind-body dualism and natural science
    2. Conceptualising self
    3. Generic persons and selves
    4. Multiplicity within singularity
    5. Sense-of-self: the first person perspective
    6. Self in historical explanation
    7. Self as historically positioned and narrated
    Part II. Person and Self in Science:
    8. Philosophy's legacy to a science of self
    9. Self in mind and brain
    10. Self, person as agent and natural causation
    11. Self in child development
    12. Self in human evolution
    13. Loose ends and split hairs
    Bibliography
    Index.

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    Richard S. Hallam, University of Greenwich

    Awards

    • Winner of the Media Ecology Association 2011 Erving Goffman Award for Outstanding Scholarship in the Ecology of Social Interaction

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