Self, Culture and Consciousness

Interdisciplinary Convergences on Knowing and Being

  • Sangeetha Menon
  • Nithin Nagaraj
  • V. V. Binoy

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Sangeetha Menon, Nithin Nagaraj, V. V. Binoy
    Pages 1-19
  3. Emergence of Consciousness

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 21-21
    2. Soumya Iyengar, Pooja Parishar, Alok Nath Mohapatra
      Pages 23-50
    3. Ajay Kumar Nair, Bindu M. Kutty
      Pages 51-58
    4. L. M. Patnaik, Jagadish S. Kallimani
      Pages 79-92
  4. Healing, Agency and Being

  5. The Social Self, Culture and Cognition

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 165-165
    2. Rajesh Kasturirangan
      Pages 167-177
    3. V. V. Binoy, Ishan Vashishta, Ambika Rathore, Sangeetha Menon
      Pages 179-189
    4. Morris B. Hoffman, Frank Krueger
      Pages 207-223
  6. The Self and Alternative Epistemologies

  7. Consciousness, Experiential Primacy and Knowing

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 335-335
    2. Ravindra M. Singh
      Pages 379-402
    3. S. Siddharth, Sangeetha Menon
      Pages 403-417

About this book


This volume brings together the primary challenges for 21st century cognitive sciences and cultural neuroscience in responding to the nature of human identity, self, and evolution of life itself. Through chapters devoted to intricate but focused models, empirical findings, theories, and experiential data, the contributors reflect upon the most exciting possibilities, and debate upon the fundamental aspects of consciousness and self in the context of cultural, philosophical, and multidisciplinary divergences and convergences. Such an understanding and the ensuing insights lie in the cusp of philosophy, neurosciences, psychiatry, and medical humanities. In this volume, the editors and contributors explore the foundations of human thinking and being and discuss both evolutionary/cultural embeddedness, and the self-orientation, of consciousness, keeping in mind questions that bring in the interdisciplinary complexity of issues such as the emergence of consciousness, relation between healing and agency, models of altered self, how cognition impacts the social self, experiential primacy as the hallmark of consciousness, and alternate epistemologies to understand these interdisciplinary puzzles.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Sangeetha Menon
    • 1
  • Nithin Nagaraj
    • 2
  • V. V. Binoy
    • 3
  1. 1.NIAS Consciousness Studies ProgrammeNational Institute of Advanced StudiesBengaluruIndia
  2. 2.NIAS Consciousness Studies ProgrammeNational Institute of Advanced StudiesBengaluruIndia
  3. 3.National Institute of Advanced StudiesBengaluruIndia

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