The Future of the Self by Walter Truett Anderson

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"Do not ask me who I am and do not ask me to remain the same. Leave it to the bureaucrats to see our papers are in order" -Michel Foucault Nothing in our world seems more obvious, real, and commonsensical than the idea of the self. Self lies at the heart of much of what we do and what we think about, including politics, religion, psychology, economics, psychotherapy, relationships, nationality, gender, and race. But in the fast-changing contemporary world, the traditional concept of the bounded, internal, stable self is under siege and may well be headed for extinction sooner than any of us suspects. Walter Truett Anderson considers different ideas about the self that have been held by people in the past. He visits disciplines and arenas within which modern ideas of identity are being questioned and other ways of experiencing life are being invented - cognitive science, medicine, cyberspace, and political and economic globalization. What emerges is an opportunity for a new vision of who and what we are. Essential to our understanding of the emerging postmodern era, Future of the Self will help readers explore the possibilities of life in a changed and changing world.

About Walter Truett Anderson

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Walter Truett Anderson has explored many different facets of contemporary life and evolutionary change in his essays, books, poetry and journalism. His recent books include The Future of the Self, Evolution Isn't What It Used to Be, and All Connected Now: Life in the First Global Civilization. He lives near San Francisco, California.
Published December 29, 1997 by Tarcher. 287 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Self Help, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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It is Anderson's audacious thesis that a ""global identity crisis"" is breaking down the sense of personal self once experienced by millions of people as a stable entity.

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Reviews Philosophy About Our Affiliates Books & Audios Recently Reviewed In this fascinating and far-ranging work of cultural commentary, political scientist Walter Truett Anderson (Reality Isn't What It Used to Be) surveys the erosion of the mod...

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One of Zittrain's points marshaled in defense of generativity is the Internet, and how systems open to widespread change fared better than those only open to change by a single organization's engineers.

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