The Realizations of the Self

  • Andrea Altobrando
  • Takuya Niikawa
  • Richard Stone

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Andrea Altobrando, Takuya Niikawa, Richard Stone
    Pages 1-12
  3. Understanding the Self

  4. Intermezzo—Speaking of Oneself

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 111-111
    2. Galen Strawson
      Pages 113-133
  5. Fulfilling the Self

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 165-165
    2. Tomohiko Kondo
      Pages 167-183
    3. Pierfrancesco Biasetti
      Pages 217-232
    4. Richard Stone
      Pages 267-283
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 285-292

About this book


Recent discussions of self-realization have devolved into unscientific theories of self-help. However, this vague and often misused concept is connected to many important individual and social problems. As long as its meaning remains unclear, it can be abused for social, political, and commercial malpractices. To combat this issue, this book shares perspectives from scholars of various philosophical traditions. Each chapter takes new steps in asking what the meaning of self-realization is–both in terms of what it means to understand who or what one is, and also in terms of how one can, or should, fulfilll oneself. The conceptual elucidations achieved from both theoretical and practical perspectives allow for a more mature awareness of how to deal with discourses on self-realization and, in any case, can help to demystify the subject.


Husserl Carl Menger Martha Nussbaum Christine Korsgaard Harry Frankfurt

Editors and affiliations

  • Andrea Altobrando
    • 1
  • Takuya Niikawa
    • 2
  • Richard Stone
    • 3
  1. 1.China University of Political Science and LawBeijingChina
  2. 2.Institut Jean NicodParisFrance
  3. 3.Hokkaido UniversitySapporoJapan

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-94699-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-94700-6
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