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Publications [#318365] of Owen Flanagan

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  1. Einstein, G; Flanagan, O, Sexual Identities and Narratives of Self, in Narrative and ConsciousnessLiterature, Psychology and the Brain (August, 2003), pp. 209-231, Oxford University Press [doi].
    (last updated on 2019/01/21)

    © Oxford University Press, 2013. Certain philosophical ideas about identity, what makes one human, and other such dimensions may be associated with conceptions that concern how scientific knowledge about sense of self may be reinforced by processes that occur within the body and the brain. John Locke's cognitivist view asserts that among all other organisms, and although these organisms may possess organic integrity and biological continuity, only human beings are bestowed with a semantic and autobiographical memory. While Locke's view concentrates on how personal identity should entail cognitive memory, this chapter looks into alternative views wherein the self also involves certain conative factors. This chapter looks into the notion of sexual self and how the body and brain may also determine the self.

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