Me, Myself, and I:
The Rise of the Modern Self

Moderated by Robert Hanna, PhD
University of Colorado

Gerald Izenberg, PhD, Washington University, St. Louis
Raymond Martin, PhD, University of Maryland and Union College
Norbert Wiley, PhD, University of Illinois
Jerrold Seigel, PhD, New York University

How did the modern concept of the Self emerge as a subject? Does the Self described by the classical Greeks, Aquinas, and philosophers of the Enlightenment match the reality of what we know about ourselves through human experience and psychological research?

Historians Gerald Izenberg and Jerrold Seigel, philosopher Raymond Martin, and sociologist Norbert Wiley will trace the evolution of the meaning of Self from antiquity to the present and will consider how the Self described by classical philosophers matches the reality of what we know about ourselves from human experience and research.

Webcast Podcast Transcript

What is the self? by Robert Hanna
The modern notion of self by Gerald Izenberg
The American self and the long march to legal equality by Norbert Wiley

Thursday, May 12, 2011
7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
Reception to Follow
The New York Academy of Sciences
7 World Trade Center, 250 Greenwich Street, 40th Floor
This event is the fifth in a six-part series, Perspectives on the Self, which brings together experts from the sciences and the humanities for conversations on the evolving meaning and experience of the Self.