Neural Hierarchies and the Self

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This chapter presents a model for the neurological underpinnings of the self. Drawing upon the prior models of Maclean, Mesulum, and others, the neural hierarchy of the self is organized into roughly seven nested hierarchical levels. It is argued that meaning provides the constraint necessary for the unity of the mind's "inner eye", and that purpose provides the constraint necessary for the highest and most intentional actions.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Lost Self
Subtitle of host publicationPathologies of the Brain and Identity
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199865758
ISBN (Print)0195173414, 9780195173413
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Intentional actions
  • Meaning
  • Neural hierarchy
  • Purpose
  • Self


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