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Philosophers and psychologists either examine the self, yet frequently in isolation from each other. this ebook brings jointly reports via philosophers and psychologists in an exploration of the self and its functionality. it will likely be of curiosity to all these all for philosophy, psychology and sociology.

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Conscious mind is a spatial analog of the world and mental acts are analogs of bodily acts. (J. Jaynes, The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind, 1976, pp. 65–6) The world contains my body. My body contains me. The world contains me and I am a world containing it, and together each expands or constricts the other. What they are we are. My ‘me’ is ‘me and my world’. My ‘self’, as I come to understand it, plays a very particular role in my world. It charts my course, finds my way, navigates the world through the template of my world.

This is part of what I mean to convey by asserting that self is a locative system. The three essays to follow flesh out some contexts for these ideas. We will need to say something more about the brain’s capacities for dealing with spatial locations of self, specifically in relation to the ideas of centredness and continuity of the self-world. The stories that we construct about ourselves are also of fundamental importance for locating ourselves across our representations of time and in relation to other self-worlds.

Telling stories is as natural for human beings as singing songs is for larks. That is why we must also outline the idea of formative cultural-historical legacies for our deep-seated ideas about how the world is and should be, and how we should aim to be within it. Notes 1 G. Lakoff and M. Johnson, Philosophy in the Flesh: The Embodied Mind and Its Challenge to Western Thought, New York, Basic Books, 1999. 2 H. Gardner, The Mind’s New Science:A History of the Cognitive Revolution, NewYork, Basic Books, 1985.

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