Heads : Language, Metalanguage, and the Semiotics of
Subjectivity by Benjamin
Talking Heads synthesizes the views and works
of a breathtaking range of the most influential modern theorists
of the humanities and social sciences, including Austin, Searle,
Derrida, Jakobson, Bakhtin, Wittgenstein, Peirce, Frege, Kripke,
Donnellan, Putnam, Saussure, and Whorf. After illuminating these
many strands of thought, Lee moves beyond disciplinary biases
and re-embeds within the context of the public sphere the
questions of subjectivity and language raised by these
theorists. In his examination of how subjectivity relates not
just to grammatical patterns but also to the specific social
institutions in which these patterns develop and are sustained,
Lee discusses such topics as the concept of public opinion and
the emergence of Western nation-states...
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Maintained by Shaun Gallagher, with an extensive list, too
long to include here, of etexts on identity theory.
Maintained by Vincent W. Hevern, SJ, Psychology Department,
LeMoyne College, Syracuse, NY. This page focuses upon narrative perspectives in
psychology and allied disciplines and provides an interdisciplinary guide to
bibliographical and Internet resources concerned with "the storied nature of human
conduct" (Sarbin, 1986) broadly conceived. Narrative in psychology itself has
developed particularly notable links with the emergent discipline of cultural psychology
(Bruner, 1990). This guide recognizes the interdependence among both the topics examined
and resources cited herein for narrative and cultural psychology. Finally, this page
archives materials from the course, PSY 444 Narrative Psychology, taught at LeMoyne
College and suggests other pedagogical materials concerned with the study of narrative.
Keywords: narrative, discourse analysis, storytelling, cultural and cross-cultural
psychology, qualitative research, social constructivism,
critical realism, pedagogy...
University of Warwick. The International Society for
Self and Identity is a scholarly association dedicated to promoting the scientific study
of the human self. Among the members of the animal kingdom, human beings are uniquely able
to take themselves as the object of their own thoughts -- to think consciously about
themselves, form images and concepts of what they are like, evaluate their characteristics
and capabilities, plan deliberately for the future, worry about how they are being
perceived by other people, and direct their own behavior in line with personal standards.
Because this ability to self-reflect has important implications for understanding human
behavior, the self has emerged as a central focus of theory and research in many domains
of social and behavioral science.
The problem of explaining consciousness and self
consciousness is the central problem that any account of the relation between the brain
and the mind must address. In recent years there have been a great number of books in the
sciences and in philosophy claiming to have solved the mystery of consciousness and self
consciousness by giving them a naturalistic explanation, and an equal number of books and
articles, mainly by philosophers, claiming that such solutions are a priori impossible,
that consciousness and self consciousness necessarily elude naturalistic explanation. The
project has been set up in the belief that general global claims can only get us so far.
What is needed for genuine understanding of the nature of consciousness and self
consciousness is detailed work on issues that can actually serve to integrate work in
philosophy on the subjective phenomenological and epistemological aspects of
consciousness and self consciousness, with experimental and theoretical work on
information processing models of the working of the brain.
University of Stirling. The Consciousness in the Natural
World project is based in the Philosophy Department at the University of
Stirling. It aims
to bring together philosophers from the Scottish Universities and beyond to allow
concerted and collective progress to be made on one of the central problems in the
philosophy of mind - the problem of explaining the place of conscious psychological life
within the natural world.
The central thought behind the project is that current work
on this problem has reached a deadlock because philosophers have approached it in terms
that are too broad and ill-defined, instead of confining themselves to clearly defined,
circumscribed and tractable problems. The project sets out to identify and make progress
upon a series of sub-problems whose resolution is an essential preliminary to tackling the
overarching problem of explaining the place of conscious psychological life within the
A visit with a 23rd century family by Charles Tandy, Ph.D.