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Love and Selfhood

Self-understanding Through Philosophy and Cognitive Neuroscience

Palgrave Macmillan
  • Provides a systematic analysis of the contributions of cognitive neuroscience (CNS) and philosophy to self-understanding.

  • Offers in-depth analysis of CNS of love, CNS of self-reflection and of the philosophy of love and selfhood, e.g. Frankfurt, Wolf, Taylor, Kierkegaard

  • Develops a new method of doing philosophy of cognitive neuroscience, called conceptual review

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

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Table of contents (8 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xiii
  2. Cognitive Neuroscience of Love

    • Annemarie van Stee
    Pages 11-45
  3. Cognitive Neuroscience of Self-Reflection

    • Annemarie van Stee
    Pages 47-70
  4. Philosophers of Existential Selfhood

    • Annemarie van Stee
    Pages 71-109
  5. Understanding Existential Self-Understanding

    • Annemarie van Stee
    Pages 167-185
  6. Back Matter

    Pages 197-234

About this book

After years of neurohype and a neuroskeptic backlash, this book provides a systematic analysis of the contributions to self-understanding cognitive neuroscience (CNS) and philosophy can make. 

The stories of five people in search of self-understanding serve as touchstone throughout the book. Their identities are tied up with what they love. The book provides in-depth analyses of CNS of love and CNS of self-reflection. It critically discusses philosophers who focus on the relation between love, self-understanding and selfhood, such as Harry Frankfurt, Susan Wolf, Charles Taylor and Søren Kierkegaard. It also builds an argument about CNS’ contributions to self-understanding more broadly, and how different these are from philosophy’s contributions.

The book develops conceptual review as a philosophical method for improving the validity and comparability of CNS studies. It integrates CNS insights into its philosophical view on love and selfhood where applicable. This book thus argues and exemplifies that philosophy and CNS can work together.

Annemarie van Stee is lecturer in philosophy at Radboud University, Nijmegen, the Netherlands.


Keywords

  • self-understanding
  • love
  • self-reflection
  • cognitive neuroscience
  • philosophy of neuroscience

Reviews

“This is an essential study when we want to evaluate cognitive neuroscience’s strength in an intelligent manner and also when we want to understand what the value of genuine philosophical reflection is. Van Stee argues from an in-depth grasp of her material. The book is exceptionally well-written and beautifully organized. Ultimately, this study argues for and embodies the value of interdisciplinary cooperation.” (From the jury report for the Hodshon Prize, Royal Holland Society for the Sciences and Humanities)

 


Authors and Affiliations

  • Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands

    Annemarie van Stee

About the author

Annemarie van Stee is lecturer in philosophy at Radboud University, Nijmegen, the Netherlands.


Bibliographic Information

Buying options

eBook USD 109.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-031-06801-0
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Hardcover Book USD 139.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)