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Introduction Part I. Naturalism & the Self Historical Prelude: Varieties of Naturalism 1: Conceptions of Self: An Analytical Taxonomy 2: Experiment, Imagination & the Self Part II. Mind & Body 3: Emergence 4: Transformation 5: Persistence 6: The Self as Bodily Part III. Immersion & Subjectivity 7: The Composition of Consciousness 8: Self-consciousness 9: Reflexivism 10: Sentience 11: Other Minds Part IV. Participation & the First-Person Stance 12: The Mind-Body Problem 13: Attention, Monitoring & the Unconscious Mind 14: The Emotions 15: Unity 16: The Distinctness of Selves Conclusion: A Theory of Self Bibliography Index

About the Author

Jonardon Ganeri's work has focused primarily on a retrieval of the Sanskrit philosophical tradition in relationship to contemporary Anglo-American analytical philosophy, and he has done work in this vein on theories of self, conceptions of rationality, and the philosophy of language. He has also worked extensively on the social and intellectual history of early modern South Asia, on the nature of philosophy as a practice, and on the political idea of identity. He is currently Professor of Philosophy at the University of Sussex and Professor of Philosophy at Monash University.


Ganeri covers a lot of groundathe author has clearly succeeded in seamlessly moving back and forth across different schools and traditions of philosophy ... The organization of the book is in such a way that it touches all most all the major problems which are discussed in the philosophy of mind. * Robin Luke Varghese, Metapsychology Online Reviews *
Ganeri's research into the Indian literature is impressive in its scope and detail, and he does his best to make it accessible. * John Cottingham, Philosophy *
Ganeri's book is truly impressive in its scope and sophistication. * Lynne Rudder Baker, University of Massachusetts at Amherst *
Western-trained philosophers looking for answers to the puzzling questions the various properties of the self . . . will find a thorough and sophisticated discussion that at the same time introduces them to a stunning set of intellectual gems from India's philosophical history . . . scholars working on Ancient Indian materials dealing with the relation of body, mind, and self . . . will find new insights into ways of thinking about the Ancient Indian discussion and the interrelation between various philosophical traditions on almost every page. The ease with which Ganeri manages to keep both audiences on board . . . is nothing less than astonishing. * Jan Westerhoff, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews *
one of the key aims of the comparative philosophical enterprise is to think about familiar problems in a new light, and this aim is admirably fulfilled by Ganeri's book. . . It is no exaggeration to say that this book marks the beginning of a completely new phase in the study of Indian philosophy, one in which a firm grasp of the historical material forms the basis for going beyond pure exegesis, opening up the way for doing philosophy with ancient sources. * Jan Westerhoff, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews *

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