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My self I then perused, and limb by limb
Surveyed, and sometimes went, and sometimes ran
With supple joints, and lively vigour led:
But who I was, or where, or from what cause,
Knew not; to speak I tried, and forthwith spake,
My tongue obeyed and readily could name
What e'er I saw.
- Milton, Paradise Lost, VIII, 253-73

NEW: Shaun Gallagher. 2005. How the Body Shapes the Mind. Oxford: Oxford University Press. More information

Embodiment and awareness. Perspectives from phenomenology and cognitive science. Special Issue of Theoria et Historia Scientiarum, 7.1 (2004). Edited by S. Gallagher and N. Depraz.


Alexander, F.M. 1932. The Use of the Self (with Introduction by John Dewey), Present edition: United Kingdom: Victor Gollancz Ltd. 1985.

Bahrick, L. and J. S. Watson. 1985. "Detection of Intermodal Proprioceptive-Visual Contingency as a Potential Basis of Self-Perception in Infancy," Developmental Psychology 21 # 6: 963-973.

Baker, Lynne Rudder. 2000. Persons and Bodies: A Constitution View. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Berlucchi, F. and Aglioti, S. 1997. The body in the brain: neural bases of corporeal awareness. Trends in Neuroscience, 20: 560-564.

Bermúdez, José, Anthony Marcel, and Naomi Eilan (eds). 1995. The Body and the Self. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.Abstract.

Bordo, Susan. 1993. Unbearable weight: feminism, Western culture, and the body. Berkeley: University of California Press

Brewer, Bill. 1995. "Bodily Awareness and the Self," in The Body and the Self, ed. José Bermúdez, Anthony Marcel, and Naomi Eilan. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1995: 291-306.


Campbell, John. 1995. "The Body Image and Self-Consciousness," in The Body and the Self, ed. José Bermúdez, Anthony Marcel, and Naomi Eilan. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1995: 29-42.

Carpenter, Andrew N. 1996. "Knowing the Body as an External Object? The Strange case of Kant and Bodily Self-awareness,"

Carpenter, Andrew N. 1997. "Knowledge and the Body in Kant's Universal Natural History".

Cassam, Quassim. 1995. "Introspection and Bodily Self-Ascription," in The Body and the Self, ed. José Bermúdez, Anthony Marcel, and Naomi Eilan. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1995: 311-336.

Chernin, Kim. 1985. The hungry self: women, eating and identity. New York:Times Books.

Coburn, Robert C. 1960. "Bodily Continuity and Personal Identity," Analysis 20 (5)

Cole, Jonathan. 1997. About Face . Cambridge: MIT Press.

Cole, Jonathan. 1997. "On Being Faceless: Selfhood and Facial Embodiment," Journal of Consciousness Studies, 4, No 5/6: 467-84. Reprinted in Models of the Self, ed. S. Gallagher and J. Shear (pp. 301-318). Exeter: Imprint Academic.

Cowley, Fraser. 1971. "The Identity of a Person and his Body," Journal of Philosophy 68: 678-683


Eccles, John C. 1994. How the self controls its brain. Berlin & New York: Springer-Verlag.

Eilan, Naomi. 1995. "Consciousness and the Self," in The Body and the Self, ed. José Bermúdez, Anthony Marcel, and Naomi Eilan. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1995: 337-357.

Eilan, N., Marcel, A.J., Bermùdez, J. 1995. "Self-consciousness and the body: Interdisciplinary issues." In J. Bermùdez, A.J. Marcel & N. Eilan (Eds.), The Body and The Self. (pp. 1-28). Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, Bradford Books. Abstract.

Epstein, Farryl. 1973. "Metaphysics of Mind and Body Identity," American Philosophy Quarterly 10: 111-121.


Frank, R. M. et al. 2003. Introductory Bibliography to Research on Embodiment.

Gale, Richard M. 1969. "A Note on Personal Identity and Bodily Continuity," Analysis 29: 193-195

Gallagher, Shaun. 2005. How the Body Shapes the Mind. Oxford: Oxford University Press. More information

Gallagher, Shaun. 1986. "Body Image and Body Schema: A Conceptual Clarification," Journal of Mind and Behavior 7: 541-554; Abstract.

Gallagher, Shaun and Jonathan Cole. 1995. "Body Schema and Body Image in a Deafferented Subject," Journal of Mind and Behavior 16: 369-390; reprinted in Body and Flesh: A Philosophical Reader , ed. Donn Welton (Oxford: Blackwell, 1998), pp. 131-147.

Gallagher, Shaun and Natalie Depraz. 2004. Embodiment and awareness. Perspectives from phenomenology and cognitive science. Special Issue of Theoria et Historia Scientiarum, 7.1.

Gallagher, Shaun and Andrew Meltzoff, 1996. "The Earliest Sense of Self and Others: Merleau-Ponty and Recent Developmental Studies," Philosophical Psychology 9, No. 2: 211-233.

Gillet, Grant R. 1985. "Brain Mind Soul," Zygon 20: 425-434

Gopnik, Alison and Andrew N. Meltzoff. 1993. "Minds, Bodies, and Persons: Young Children's Understanding of the Self and Others as Reflected in Imitation and 'Theory of Mind' Research," in Self-Awareness in Animals and Humans: Developmental Perspectives. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.


Harre, Rom . 1991. Physical being: a theory for a corporeal psychology Oxford: Blackwell


Ishiguro, Hide. 1972. "A Person's Future and the Mind-Body Problem," in W. Mays and S. Brown (eds). Linguistic Analysis and Phenomenology. London: Macmillan.


James, William. 1890. The principles of psychology. New York: Dover Publications, 1950, c1918; see especially Chapter X.

Johnstone, Albert A. 1991. "The Bodily Nature of the Self, or What Descartes Should have Conceded Princess Elizabeth of Bohemia," in Maxine Sheets-Johnstone (ed.) Giving The Body its Due. Albany: SUNY Press


Kinsbourne, Marcel. 1995. "Awareness of One's Own Body: An Attentional Theory of Its Nature, Development, and Brain Basis," in The Body and the Self, ed. José Bermúdez, Anthony Marcel, and Naomi Eilan. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1995: 205-223.


Lakoff, George and Mark Johnson. 1999. Philosophy in the Flesh: The embodied mind and its challenge to Western thought. Basic Books.

Lewis, David K. 1971. "Counterparts of Persons and their Bodies," Journal of Philosophy 68: 203-211


Martin, M. G. F. 1995. "Bodily Awareness: A Sense of Ownership," in The Body and the Self, ed. José Bermúdez, Anthony Marcel, and Naomi Eilan. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1995: 267-289.

Meltzoff, Andrew and M. Keith Moore. 1995. "Infant's Understanding of People and Things: From Body Imitation to Folk Psychology," in The Body and the Self, ed. José Bermúdez, Anthony Marcel, and Naomi Eilan. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1995: 43-69.

Mills, Eugene. 1993. "Dividing without Reducing: Bodily Fission and Personal Identity," Mind 102 # 405: 37-


Odegard, Douglas. 1969. "Personal and Bodily Identity," American Philosophical Quarterly.

O'Donovan-Anderson, Michael. 1996. The Incorporated Self: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Embodiment. Lanham: Roman & Littlefield.

O'Shaughnessy, Brian. "Proprioception and the Body Image," in The Body and the Self, ed. José Bermúdez, Anthony Marcel, and Naomi Eilan. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1995: 175-203.


Penelhum, Terence. 1970. Survival and Disembodied Existence . London: Routledge and Kegan Paul; New York: Humanities Press.

Persson, Ingmar. 1999. Awareness of One's Body as Subject and Object. Philosophical Explorations 2 (1).

Popper, Karl and John C. Eccles. 1977. The Self and Its Brain New York: Springer International

Puccetti, Roland. 1969. "Brain Transplantation and Personal Identity," Analysis 29 (3) New Series: 65-77


Quinton, Anthony. 1962. "The Soul," Journal of Philosophy 59 (15): 393-409; reprinted in Perry (1975) Personal Identity.


Rist, John M. 1994. "Soul, body and personal identity," in Augustine : Ancient Thought Baptized. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press.

Rorty, Amélie Oksenberg. 1973. "Persons, Policies, and Bodies," International Philosophical Quarterly, 13 (1): 63-80.


Shoemaker, Sidney. 1999. "Self, body, and coincidence," Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, Special Volume, 73: 287-306.

Shorter, J. M. 1962. "More About Bodily Continuity and Personal Identity," Analysis.

Snowdon, Paul, F. 1995. "Persons, Animals, and Bodies," in The Body and the Self, ed. José Bermúdez, Anthony Marcel, and Naomi Eilan. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1995: 71-86.

Snowdon, Paul, F. 1991. "Personal Identity and Brain Transplants," in Human Beings, ed. David Cockburn. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Strawson, Galen. 1999. "Self, Body, and Experience," Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, Special Volume, 73: 307-332.

Strawson, P. F. 1966. "Self, Mind, and Body," Common Factor 4: 5-13.

Strawson, P. F. 1959. Individuals: An Essay in Descriptive Metaphysics. Oxford: Oxford University Press.


Todes, Samuel. 1990. The Human Body as Material Subject of the World . New York: Garland Publishing.


Varela Bibliography. Francisco Varela's homepage list of publications. Also see Bibliography on Phenomenology and Cognitive Science and Neurophenomenology.

Varela, Francisco J., Thompson, Evan and Rosch, Eleanor. 1991. The Embodied Mind: Cognitive Science and Human Experience . Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. German: Der Mittlere Weg der Erkenntnis, Scherz, Munich, 1992; Italian: La via del mezzo de la conoscenza Feltrinelli, Milano, 1993; French: L'Inscription Corporelle de l'Esprit, Seuil, Paris, 1993; Spanish: De Cuerpo Presente: Las ciencias cognitivas y la experiencia humana , Gedisa, Barcelona, 1992; Portuguese: Editorial Psy, Sao Paulo (in press); Japonese: Koishaku, Tokyo (in presss); Korean: Hyunwoo Publishing Co., Seoul (in press); Chinese: Shy Mau Publishing Co., Taiwan (in press)

Varela, F. 1991. "Organism: A meshwork of selfless selves," in: A. Tauber (ed.), Organism and the Origin of Self. Kluwer Assoc, Dordrecht, pp. 79-107; also in: Rev.Europ.Sciences Soc. 29: 173-198, 1991.

Varela, F. 1997. "The Body's Self," in: D.Goleman (Ed.), Health and Emotions. Boston: Shambhala, pp. 49-67

Varela, F. and P.Vermersch. 1999. "Fully embodying the personal level," Behavior and Brain Science (Commentary)

Vaz, N. and F.Varela. 1978. "Self and non-sense: An organism- centered approach to immunology," Medical Hypothesis 4: 231-267. Japanese translation: Gendai-Shiso 12, pp.166-188, 1984.


Weiss, Gail. 1998. Body Images: Embodiment as intercorporeality. London: Routledge.

Weiss, G. and H. F. Haber (eds). 1999. Perspectives on Embodiment. London: Routledge.

Williams, Bernard. 1970. "Are Persons Bodies?" in The Philosophy of the Body, ed. S. Spicker. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Williams, Bernard. 1960. "Bodily Continuity and Personal Identity," Analysis.


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