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Self, God and ImmortalityA Jamesian Investigation$
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Eugene Fontinell

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780823220700

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823220700.001.0001

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Toward a Field Model of the Self

Toward a Field Model of the Self

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(p.44) Chapter 2 Toward a Field Model of the Self
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Self, God and Immortality
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Eugene Fontinell

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823220700.003.0003

This chapter considers the suggestive irony of living in an age characterized by both an obsessive concern for the ego or individual self and a denial that there is any such reality. The first characteristic is manifest in the charges that contemporary experience is best described as narcissistic, or that the present generation is the “me” generation, or that the past is a hedonistic culture in which self-satisfaction is the dominant if not exclusive value. The chapter shows that the denials of the ego or the individual self come from the more intellectually sophisticated segments of the community, taking such various forms as Buddhist “no-self‘ doctrines and structuralist and deconstructionist movements.

Keywords:   individual self, ego, reality, me generation, hedonistic culture, self-satisfaction, no-self doctrines, structuralist movement, deconstructionist movement

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