The Two Selves: Their Metaphysical Commitments and Functional Independence

2014.08.32 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Stanley B. Klein, The Two Selves: Their Metaphysical Commitments and Functional Independence, Oxford University Press, 2014,
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2014.08.32 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Stanley B. Klein, The Two Selves: Their Metaphysical Commitments and Functional Independence, Oxford University Press, 2014, 153pp., $35.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780199349968. Reviewed by John Barresi, Dalhousie University At the center of William James's masterpiece, The Principles of Psychology (1890), are his chapters on the stream of consciousness and the self. He tackled these topics primarily from an experiential or phenomenological perspective, but connected them to the rising science of the brain. He didn't know how things would turn out in the end, but he insisted that the new science of psychology must never lose sight of the fact that understanding immediate experience must be at the center of its explanatory endeavors. In this work he struggled to avoid making metaphysical assumptions, particularly about how immediate experience might be grounded, not only in the material, but also in a spiritual realm.. . .

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