Structuring the Self

  • Majid Davoody Beni

Part of the New Directions in Philosophy and Cognitive Science book series (NDPCS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Majid Davoody Beni
    Pages 43-80
  3. Majid Davoody Beni
    Pages 117-158
  4. Majid Davoody Beni
    Pages 159-210
  5. Majid Davoody Beni
    Pages 211-239
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 241-245

About this book


'This is an impressive book about the self that fills a deep void in our conceptulations of ourselves. Bringing together, philosophy, neuroscience, and computational modelling, Beni develops a structural realist account of self that seems highly natural and plausible in metaphysical, conceptual, and empirical terms. A wonderful book that will set new directions and standards on the eternal  debate of self.' 
— Georg Northoff, EJLB-CIHR Michael Smith Chair in Neurosciences and Mental Health, University of Ottowa Institute of Mental health Research, Canada 

​This book presents a unified account of the self, based on a network of knowledge sourced from several scientific accounts of selfhood. Beni constructs his ontological account of the self from the common structure that underpins the theoretical diversity that is manifested in rival and sometimes incompatible scientific accounts of the self and its aspects. The enterprise is inspired by recent structural realist theories in the philosophy of science, specifying the basic structure of the self, and explaining how representational, phenomenal, and social aspects of the self are embodied within this structure.


The Self Structural Realism Perception Consciousness Neurophilosophy Phenomenology Cognitive Science

Authors and affiliations

  • Majid Davoody Beni
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of History, Philosophy, and Religious StudiesNazarbayev UniversityNur-Sultan cityKazakhstan

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