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The Tragedy of the Self book cover

The Tragedy of the Self

CC BY-NC-SA (Attribution NonCommercial ShareAlike)  2 H5P Activities    English

Author(s): Andrea Sangiacomo

Subject(s): Philosophy

Publisher: University of Groningen Press

Last updated: 22/02/2024

Why do human beings interpret their overall experience in terms of selfhood? How was the notion and sense of self shaped at different times and in different cultures? What sort of problems or paradoxes did these constructions face? These lectures address these and related questions by sketching a roadmap of possible theoretical avenues for conceiving of the self, bringing to the foreground its soteriological implications, while also testing this theoretical outlook against insights offered by various disciplines (including philosophy, cognitive science, anthropology, archaeology, psychology, religious studies, intellectual history, and contemplative practices) and in specific historical cultures (ancient India and Greece, the modern West). The resulting journey is a way of practicing hermeneutics, the art of understanding and interpreting experience in its multifarious manifestations (which include different genres of written texts, oral traditions, social structures and practices, various sorts and domains of experience, ideas and ideals). This form of hermeneutics is best understood as ‘global hermeneutic’ both because of its temporal and geographical scope, and because of its interest on a phenomenon so broad and deeply rooted as selfhood. The purpose of the journey is not only descriptive, though. Exploring the cross-cultural spectrum of possible ways of conceiving of the self invites the more existential question of whether any of these possibilities might offer resources for dealing with the tragedies of today’s world, or maybe even saving it from some of them.

An open access pdf and printed version is published via the University of Groningen Press.
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Interdisciplinary Explorations of Neuroscience

CC BY-NC (Attribution NonCommercial)  10 H5P Activities    English

Author(s): Christopher J. May

Subject(s): Neurosciences, Psychology, Cognitive studies, Interdisciplinary studies

Publisher: University of Groningen Press

Last updated: 19/02/2024

This text is accessible to anyone interested in the brain. It is specifically targeted to students and instructors of undergraduate neuroscience or biopsychology courses. It encourages an active exploration of the intersection of neuroscience with other disciplines through a large number of activities, demonstrations, reflection prompts, and critical thinking questions. The book complements material presented in more conventional neuroscience or biopsychology textbooks, portions of which are linked to throughout this text.
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UGP Pressbooks Demo

CC BY (Attribution)  39 H5P Activities    English

Author(s): Pieter van der Veen

Subject(s): Subject dictionaries

Publisher: University of Groningen Press

Last updated: 06/02/2024