The Intentional Personal Development of Mind and Brain Through Education

  • Michel Ferrari
  • Ljiljana Vuletic


The focus of this chapter is on the intentional development of oneself as a person and how this relates to both brain and education. Because persons are at once biological, social, and cultural actors, considering the development of “personal selves” allows us to span this Cartesian divide between mind and body, and between self and environment, inherited from the 19th century that still haunts development psychology. Furthermore, it allows us to address an issue often sidelined: how people make deliberate efforts to develop themselves in ways that are personally meaningful to them. One might despair of making any headway with such a difficult topic and this chapter just sketches out a few suggestions of promising directions that integrate the work of Francesco Varela, Antonio Damaiso, Paul Ricoeur, and Jochen Brandtstädter.


Personal Identity Asperger Syndrome Personal Narrative Linguistic Community Cultural Participation 
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  1. 1.Department of Human Development and Applied Psychology, Ontario Institute for Studies in EducationUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada

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