The peculiar dilemma of the self in our era has been noted by a wide range of writers, even as they have emphasized different aspects of that dilemma, such as the self s alienation, disorientation, inflation, or fragmentation. In "The Self: Beyond the Postmodern Crisis, "Paul C. Vitz and Susan M. Felch bring together scholars from the disciplines of psychology, philosophy, theology, literature, biology, and physics to address the inadequacies of modern and postmodern selves and, ultimately, to suggest what an alternative, transmodern account of the self might look like. The transmodern self, the editors argue, acknowledges meaning and purpose transcending the individual. In other words, it reflects an understanding of the human person that is not only intimately connected with the Judeo-Christian tradition but also rejects the twin delusions of absolute autonomy and cosmic meaninglessness that mark the present age."
Paul C. Vitz is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at New York University. His books include "Sigmund Freud s Christian Unconscious"; "Psychology as Religion: The Cult of Self-Worship "and "Faith of the Fatherless: The Psychology of Atheism."""Susan M. Felch is Professor of English at Calvin College. She is the editor of "The Collected Works of Anne Vaughan Lock "and (with Paul J. Contino) "Bakhtin and Religion: A Feeling for Faith.""