The Rise and Fall of Soul and Self: An Intellectual History of Personal Identity
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The Rise and Fall of Soul and Self: An Intellectual History of Personal Identity

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This book traces the development of theories of the self and personal identity from the ancient Greeks to the present day. From Plato and Aristotle to Freud and Foucault, Raymond Martin and John Barresi explore the works of a wide range of thinkers and reveal the larger intellectual trends, controversies, and ideas that have revolutionized the way we think about ourselves....more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published March 3rd 2008 by Columbia University Press (first published 2006)
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Sara M. Watson
Really useful western philosophy overview for my quantified self project.
Gord Higginson
Book that is a nay-sayer to the existence of the soul--absolute beginner's book--great for people like me who have had very little exposure to philosophy. In fact, some commentators complain that this book is TOO basic, that if you have a basic knowledge of Western Philosophy in general, then this book is too simple for you. But that is fine with me--I find Philosophy difficult to understand.
Nevertheless, this is an excellent history. It goes from Homer and the 3 main ancient Greek concepts of t...more
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