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Free Will, Consciousness and Self

Anthropological Perspectives on Psychology

Preben Bertelsen

272 pages, 60 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-57181-661-0 $120.00/£85.00 Hb Published (October 2005)

ISBN  978-1-84545-313-8 $34.95/£24.00 Pb Published (October 2006)


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Description

What is it to be human? How do we relate to the world, to each other and to our self in a human – in everyday life and when faced with life’s big questions? In this book, the author develops a general theoretical model that might be able to offer a better understanding of the human condition and of the underlying principles of human behavior. The author shows that general psychology, bridging the natural sciences and the social sciences, can make a significant contribution to a general anthropology.

Preben Bertelsen is Associate Professor and Head of Study in the Department of Psychology at the University of Aarhus, Denmark. His areas of interest include Social Psychology, Psychology of the personality and Anthropological Psychology.

Subject: Theory & Methodology in Anthropology General Cultural Studies



Contents

List of Figures
Preface

Introduction: General anthropology

Chapter 1. What is general psychology?
Chapter 2. What is anthropological psychology?
Chapter 3. The distinguishing traits of human beings seen from the perspective of natural and cultural history
Chapter 4. Levels of connectedness of the psyche
Chapter 5. The free will
Chapter 6. Consciousness
Chapter 7. The self and the life project
Chapter 8. An anthropological-psychological taxonomy

Bibliography
Subject index

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