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John M. Doris
Washington University (St. Louis, MO 63130-4862)

Fellowships for University Teachers
Research Programs

$50,400 (approved)
$37,800 (awarded)

Grant period:
4/1/2009 – 12/31/2009

The Philosophy and Psychology of the Self

In philosophy, persons are often distinguished by a propensity for reflection -- a conscious and concerted mentation effecting control of behavior. In psychology, quantities of research on automatic processing suggest that this philosophical conception of persons is unrealistic; much human behavior is not consciously controlled, and evaluatively incongruent with the deliverances of reflection. A psychologically lifelike conception of persons will therefore de-emphasize reflection; instead, the human ethical distinctiveness marked with such philosophical honorifics as "person," "agency," and "the self" is to be found in the narrative transactions by which humans living in groups order their lives.