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British Idealism and the Concept of the Self

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2018.02.05 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews W.J. Mander and Stamatoula Panagakou (eds.), British Idealism and the Concept of the Self, Palgrave Macmillan, 2016, 335pp., $109.00, ISBN 9781137466709. Reviewed by Andrew Vincent, Cardiff University Despite a long history of theoretical inquiry, going back to the Socratic advice to 'know thyself', the 'self' remains a controversial topic on which there is little or no settled consensus in philosophy. As the editors of this volume remark, the idea of the self remains one of the perennial 'puzzles of contemporary philosophy', being both deeply familiar and at the same time remaining 'mysterious' (p.1). Many would now argue that the self cannot, in fact, be captured in one discipline (such as philosophy) and requires a much broader disciplinary canvas. This would be particularly true in some of the formulations of the 'narrative self'. Another group, immersed in aspects of neuropsychology or neuroscience,. . .

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