International Studies in Phenomenology and Philosophy




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.

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Publication details

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

Place: New York

Year: 2018

Pages: 292, ix

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-94700-6

ISBN (hardback): 978-3-319-94699-3

ISBN (digital): 978-3-319-94700-6

Full citation:

Altobrando Andrea, Niikawa Takuya, Stone Richard (2018). The realizations of the self, Palgrave Macmillan, New York.