This book will be of interest to scholars and researcher who decentralize the self into a multiplicity of voices as a way of accounting for mind's inherently cultural and historical fabric. This book could be used as a primary text in graduate courses in Cultural Studies, Psychology of Personality, History of Psychology, Philosophy of Mind, and Philosophy of Psychology. It would be appropriate for any course that deals with subjectivities and in-depth treatment of the psychosocial. It would also be useful as a supplementary text in advanced undergraduate courses on personality and social psychology to introduce alternatives to the notion of a private self. Although there are many published treatments of the mind in public spaces, none of these reflexively focus on how the self, mind and psyche publicly unfold. The notion of mind in public spaces is a very topical issue, but there are currently no available books that consider in depth the theoretical basis on which public claims of mind are being made. This pioneering volume is a collection of papers all of which consider how the mind publicly produces and enfolds itself into being.
Refusing to characterize the mind in terms of its dissimilarity with society, yet not accepting the strictly critical project of deconstructing the individual/society split, the authors in this volume are mutually inspired by the awareness that mind, psyche, and self are the interpretations in a dialogue that publicly unfolds.
William E. 'Smythe, PhD, is currently Associate Professor and Head of the Psychology Department at the University of Regina, where he has taught since 1995. Formerly a member of the Centre for Advanced Study in Theoretical Psychology at the University of Alberta and currently active in the International Society for Theoretical Psychology, Dr. Smythe has published extensively in the areas of theoretical psychology and human cognition. Angelina Baydala, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Regina. She is a graduate of the University of Calgary, where she recently obtained her doctorate in clinical psychology. Trained in the disciplines of clinical psychology and philosophy, she researches hermeneutics of psychotherapy.
Preface; Introduction; Part I: Hermeneutics of Self; 1. The Dialogical Self, Meaning and Theory: Making the Subject (Henderikus J. Stam); 2. History Making of Self and Identity: A Hermeneutical Account of Psyche and Polis (Randal G. Tonks); 3. Of the Historical Self (Leendert P. Mos); 4. On Having to Rescue the Mind from the Mob Before Stopping It (Anand C. Paranjpe); Part II: Emancipatory Possibilities; 5. Exploring Nature of the Third Kind (Tim B.Rogers); 6. The Polis, Emancipation and Subjectivity: On the Social Uses of Psychoanalysis(Angelina Baydala and Henderikus J. Stam); 7. The Political Disposition of Self as a Kind of Understanding (Jack Martin and Jeff Sugarman); 8. Negotiating Justice in Psychology: Situating Psychology among Rival Moral Orders (Marvin J. McDonald); 9. The Psyche in the Work Place: A Habermasian Analysis (Jeffrey N. Langer and John A. Mills); Part III: Cultural Perspectives; 10. Is Nothing Sacred: The Culture of Psychology in a Spiritual World (Theresa Zolner); 11. Scientific Transpersonal Psychology and Cultural Diversity: Focus on Measurement in Research and Clinical Practice (James Pappas and Harris Friedman); 12. Myth as a Psychological Concept (William E. Smythe) Epilogue; 13. On the Place of Mind: A Philosophical Epilogue (Robert Burch); Name Index; Subject Index