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Cognitive VariationsReflections on the Unity and Diversity of the Human Mind$
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Geoffrey Lloyd

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199214617

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199214617.001.0001

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The Self, Agency, and Causation

The Self, Agency, and Causation

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(p.108) 6 The Self, Agency, and Causation
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Cognitive Variations
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G. E. R. Lloyd (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199214617.003.0007

This chapter examines the notions of the self, agency, and causation. It first sketches out some of the major difficulties that relate to these three concepts and their interrelations, citing the apparent divergences that exist between the reports of social anthropologists on the one hand, and the findings of developmental psychologists on the other. It then turns to ancient civilizations to see what light their experiences can throw on the issues. Here it is worth reflecting on the diversity of views that can be found between different periods and even within writers of the same period.

Keywords:   self, agency, causation, social anthropology, developmental psychology

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