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Virtual Selves, Real Persons

A Dialogue across Disciplines

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Virtual Selves, Real Persons by Richard S. Hallam
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How do we know and understand who we really are as human beings? The concept of 'the self' is central to many strands of psychology and philosophy. This book tackles the problem of how to define persons and selves and discusses the ways in which different disciplines, such as biology, sociology and philosophy, have dealt with this topic. Richard S. Hallam examines the notion that the idea of the self as some sort of entity is a human construction and, in effect, a virtual reality. At the same time, this virtual self is intimately related to the reality of ourselves as biological organisms. Aiming to integrate a constructionist understanding of self with the universalizing assumptions that are needed in natural science approaches, this text is unique in its attempt to create a dialogue across academic disciplines, while retaining a consistent perspective on the problem of relating nature to culture.

Author Biography

Richard S. Hallam is Visiting Professor of Psychology at the University of Greenwich. His career has combined teaching, research and professional practice in clinical psychology, and he is the author of Counselling for Anxiety Problems (1992) and Anxiety: Psychological Perspectives on Panic and Agoraphobia (1985).
Release date Australia
May 28th, 2009
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Cambridge University Press
Pages
348
Dimensions
152x228x21
ISBN-13
9780521509893
Product ID
3037657

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