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Rise and Fall of Soul and Self An Intellectual History of Personal Identity

ISBN-10: 0231137451

ISBN-13: 9780231137454

Edition: 2008

Authors: Raymond Martin, John Barresi

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This book traces the development of theories of the self and personal identity from the ancient Greeks to the present day. From Plato and Aristotle to Freud and Foucault, Raymond Martin and John Barresi explore the works of a wide range of thinkers and reveal the larger intellectual trends, controversies, and ideas that have revolutionized the way we think about ourselves. The authors open with ancient Greece, where the ideas of Plato, Aristotle, and the materialistic atomists laid the groundwork for future theories. They then discuss the ideas of the church fathers and medieval and Renaissance philosophers, including St. Paul, Philo, Augustine, Aquinas, and Montaigne. In their coverage of the emergence of a new mechanistic conception of nature in the seventeenth century, Martin and Barresi note a shift away from religious and purely philosophical notions of self and personal identity to more scientific and social conceptions, a trend that has continued to the present day. They explore modern philosophy and psychology, including the origins of different traditions within each discipline, and explain both the theoretical relevance of feminism and gender and ethnic studies and also the ways that Derrida and other recent thinkers have challenged the very idea that a unified self or personal identity even exists. Martin and Barresi cover a number of issues broached by philosophers and psychologists, such as the existence of a fixed and unchanging self and whether the concept of the soul has a use outside of religious contexts. They address the question of whether notions of the soul and the self are still viable in today's world. Together, they reveal the fascinating ways in which great thinkers have grappled with these and other questions and the astounding impact their ideas have had on the development of self-understanding in the west.
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Book details

List price: $36.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 3/3/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 5.50" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.100

Raymond Martin is professor and chair of the department of philosophy at Union College. He is the author of several books, including Self-Concern: An Experiential Approach to What Matters in Survival.John Barresi is retired professor of psychology and philosophy at Dalhousie University and the coauthor (with Raymond Martin) of Naturalization of the Soul: Self and Personal Identity in the Eighteenth Century.

Introduction
From Myth to Science
Individualism and Subjectivity
People of the Book
Resurrected Self
The Stream Divides
Aristotelian Synthesis
Care of the Soul
Mechanization of Nature
Naturalizing the Soul
Philosophy of Spirit
Science of Human Nature
Before the Fall
Paradise Lost
Everything That Happened and What it Means
Notes
References
Index of Names
Subject Index