Quid Pro Quo: The Ecology of the Self

Panel Discussion February 23, 2011

How does our concept of the Self differ from our concept of others? What makes the human concept of Self different from that of non-human selves such as animals?

Philosopher and neurobiologist Owen Flanagan and psychologists Roy Baumeister and Paul Bloom will examine current biological, psychological, and anthropological research on the complex interaction between the Self and others and will consider the roots of empathy and morality.

What do you think you are? by Christina Starmans and Paul Bloom
Self and identity: a brief overview by Roy Baumeister


  • Steve Paulson Journalist and Executive Producer, TTBOOK
  • Paul Bloom Professor of Psychology, Yale University
  • Owen Flanagan Professor of Philosophy, Duke University.
  • Roy Baumeister Professor of Psychology, Florida State University


  • Wednesday, February 23, 2011
  • 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm
  • The New York Academy of Sciences
    7 World Trade Center, 250 Greenwich Street, 40th Floor


This volume stems from a six-part lecture series that fostered reflection and insight on the current concept and theories of the self and their moral, ethical, and social implications. In addition to full transcripts of each panel, the volume also contains a number of essays by many of the participants.

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About This Series

This event is the first 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.