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Harry J.G. Kempen

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Chapter 4: Mind as Body Moving in Space: Bringing the Body Back into Self-Psychology

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Mind as Body Moving in Space: Bringing the Body Back into Self-Psychology
Mind as body moving in space: Bringing the body back into self-psychology
HarryJ.G.Kempen

Abstract. Critics of psychology's view on personality and self as western and ethnocentric and those with a growing interest in what is called the cultural self both tend to advocate social constructionism as the better paradigm. In social constructionism, however, the production of cultures and concomitant selves seems to start from an empty human biology. For a corrective to this Cartesian ‘thinking above the body’, I return to Vico's ‘wholly corporeal imagination’ as the starting-point of social constructions. If the human body is universal and if a selfing process is an evolutionary exigency, we may expect to find self-universals or tasks to ...

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