This volume contains an array of essays that reflect, and reflect upon, the recent revival of scholarly interest in the self and consciousness. Various relevant issues are addressed in conceptually challenging ways, such as how consciousness and different forms of self-relevant experience develop in infancy and childhood and are related to the acquisition of skill; the role of the self in social development; the phenomenology of being conscious and its metapsychological implications; and the cultural foundations of conceptualizations of consciousness. Written by notable scholars in several areas of psychology, philosophy, cognitive neuroscience, and anthropology, the essays are of interest to readers from a variety of disciplines concerned with central, substantive questions in contemporary social science, and the humanities.
Contents: B.J. Baars, Foreword. Preface. U. Neisser, The Development of Consciousness and the Acquisition of Self. M. Lewis, The Role of the Self in Social Behavior. E. Keen, Being Conscious Is Being-in-the-World. C. Lutz, Culture and Consciousness: A Problem in the Anthropology of Knowledge. M.S. Gazzaniga, Brain Modules and Belief Formation. D.C. Dennett, The Self as the Center of Narrative Gravity.