The Body and the Self

The Body and the Self

Edited by José Luis Bermúdez, Naomi Eilan and Anthony Marcel

A Bradford Book





The Body and the Self brings together recent work by philosophers and psychologists on the nature of self-consciousness, the nature of bodily awareness, and the relation between the two. The central problem addressed is How is our grasp of ourselves as one object among others underpinned by the ways in which we use and represent our bodies? The contributors take up such issues as how should we characterize the various distinctive ways we have of being in touch with our own bodies in sensation, proprioception, and action? How exactly does our grip on our bodies as objects connect with our ability to perceive the external environment, and with our ability to engage in various forms of social interaction? Can any of these ways of representing our bodies affect a bridge between body and self?


Out of Print ISBN: 9780262023863 384 pp. | 5.9 in x 8.9 in


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José Luis Bermúdez

José Luis Bermúdez is Professor of Philosophy at Texas A&M University. He is the coeditor of The Body and the Self (MIT Press) and the author of The Paradox of Self-Consciousness (MIT Press) and several other books, including most recently Understanding “I”: Language and Thought.

Naomi Eilan

Anthony Marcel


  • There is no question that The Body and the Self deserves attention. The book focuses on an extremely important and relatively neglected topic: the role in psychology of the body schema and its connection to the subject's sense of self. The philosophical articles include the work of some of the most talented of the younger philosophers in Britain, and the psychology articles are consistently of the highest quality.

    Stephen L. White

    Department of Philosophy, Tufts University

  • This collection provides the latest thinking by philosophers and psychologists on bodily awareness and self consciousness. It is essential reading for anyone interested in matters of consciousness, the self, and the development of the self concept.

    Josef Perner

    Institut für Psychologie, Universität Salzburg