Cultural Psychology of the Self: Place, Morality and Art in by Ciaran Benson

By Ciaran Benson

Philosophers and psychologists either examine the self, yet usually in isolation from each other. this e-book brings jointly reviews by way of philosophers and psychologists in an exploration of the self and its functionality. it will likely be of curiosity to all these inquisitive about philosophy, psychology and sociology.

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The locational nature of the ecological and interpersonal dimensions of early selfhood fuses with the spatial armature of the general Subject–Self Metaphor. That the structure is metaphorical does not imply that it is illusory or ineffectual. Quite the contrary. Most of what is distinctive, interesting, laudable and awful about human beings resides in their symbolic powers and in what they do with them. 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.

28 These strands only knit together with the acquisition of language and all that that enables. This knitting together is not an isolated individualistic happening. 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.

I don’t know if a cultural psychology will have the wherewithal to aspire to some sort of social scientific ‘Theory of Everything’. I do know that the potential width of its embrace makes the study of selfhood all that much more interesting, and allows me to consider the work of a disparate range of intriguing thinkers and themes. It will also allow me in Part II to apply some of these ideas in an exploration of themes in the cultural psychology of art and morality which seem to me to be of great importance for quality human lives.

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