The origins of self : an anthropological perspective /

The Origins of Self explores the role that selfhood plays in defining human society, and each human individual in that society.

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Author / Creator:Edwardes, Martin P. J., author.
Imprint:London : UCL Press, 2019.
Description:1 online resource (xviii, 230 pages) : illustrations (black and white)
Subject:Self -- Social aspects.
PHILOSOPHY -- Language.
Self -- Social aspects.
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Notes:Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Summary:The Origins of Self explores the role that selfhood plays in defining human society, and each human individual in that society.
Other form:Print version: Edwardes, Martin P.J. Origins of self. London : UCL Press, 2019 1787356329
Table of Contents:
  • Cover; Half Title; Title Page; Copyright Page; Dedication; Contents; List of figures and tables; Acknowledgements; Prologue: Down the Rabbit-hole; 1 What Is a Self?; The priest's turn; The philosopher's turn; The psychologist's turn; The neurologist's turn; The anthropologist's turn; Is there an answer?; 2 Where Did Self Come From?; The sense of not-self; The sense of almost-self; Senses of other and sense of self; Awareness; Sharing information; Do animals have awareness of self?; Non-humans using human language; What is special about human self-awareness?
  • Does having an awareness of selfness mean there is a self to be aware of?3 The Modelled Self; How to make models of others; How to make models of relationships between others; Sharing models of others; Making models of my self; Me, myself and I; Awareness of selfness: for humans only?; Language, culture and the self; The disadvantages of a modelled self: deficient self and self-deception; Notes; 4 How Do We Become Selves?; The developing child: traditional approaches; The developing child: modern approaches; The developing child: deception; Timescales for self in childhood
  • How to make a human adult (start with other human adults)Note; 5 Where Did Social Calculus Come From?; Social networks, genes and brains; Machiavellianism; The tragedy of the commons; Altruism; Altruistic punishment and free-riders; From altruistic punishment to social model-sharing; So where did social calculus come from?; Notes; 6 The Language of Self; Pronominalisation and selfhood; Where names come from; The origin of they; The origin of you and me; The origin of possession and the possessive; The origin of recursion and reflexivity; Self out of language, language out of self?; Notes
  • 7 Metaphors of SelfTHE MODEL IS THE ACTUAL; THE GROUP IS AN ENTITY; SELF IS OTHER; I AM ME; ONE AMONG EQUALS; Mapping metaphor to rhetoric and deception; 8 What Is a Self? There and Back Again; The Actual self: unknowable; The Social self: the self others believe me to be; The self-model: the self I believe me to be; The Episodic self: the self as modelled in individual past events; The Narrative self: the remembered self, the self with history; The Cultural self: the self I should be; The Projected self: the self I want others to believe me to be; ... And there's more: some other selves
  • Why self defines usNotes; 9 Epilogue: Snarks or Boojums?; The route to self-modelling; Yes, but ... who am I?; Bibliography; Index