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  • Me, Myself, and I: The Rise of the Modern Self

    Thursday, May 12, 2011 | 7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
    The New York Academy of Sciences

    Presented by the Nour Foundation and the New York Academy of Sciences

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    How did the modern concept of the Self emerge as a subject? Does the Self described by the classical Greeks, Aquinas, and philosophers of the Enlightenment match the reality of what we know about ourselves through human experience and psychological research?

    Historians Gerald Izenberg and Jerrold Seigel, philosopher Raymond Martin, and sociologist Norbert Wiley will trace the evolution of the meaning of Self from antiquity to the present and will consider whether the Self described by classical philosophers matches the reality of what we know about ourselves from human experience and research.

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    Robert Hanna, PhD, University of Colorado


    Gerald Izenberg, PhD, Washington University, St. Louis

    Raymond Martin, PhD, University of Maryland and Union College

    Jerrold Seigel, PhD, New York University

    Norbert Wiley, PhD, University of Illinois

    Reception to follow.

    This event is part of a 6-part series, Perspectives on the Self: Conversations on Identity and Consciousness, bringing together experts from science and the humanities for an interdisciplinary discussion of the evolving notion and experience of the Self.

    To Be or Not To Be: The Self as Illusion, December 7, 2010
    Quid Pro Quo: The Ecology of The Self, February 23, 2011
    The Pursuit of Immortality: From the Ego to the Soul, March 23, 2011
    A Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: Linking Belief to Behavior, April 28, 2011
    Me, Myself, and I: The Rise of the Modern Self, May 12, 2011
    Who Am I?: Beyond 'I Think, Therefore I Am', May 24, 2011

    Each event in the series will also be broadcast as a webinar.

    Please note:
    Transmission of presentations via the webinar is subject to individual consent by the speakers. Therefore, we cannot guarantee that every speaker's presentation will be broadcast in full via the webinar. To access all speakers' presentations in full, we invite you to attend the live event in New York City where possible.

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