≪Organizer Abstract≫
The concept of mind in the psychological science seems to have been strongly connected with the materialist version of Cartesian cogito: the substance which is absolute, individualized, disembodied, and isolated from the environment. This classical concept of "self" has been criticized for a long time in philosophy as well as psychology. In this symposium, however, we will try to not only criticize past thoughts but also propose alternative concepts of mind which meet the requisites of our globalizing, post-ethnocentrist, and post-colonial world, through an integrative study on the Western and Eastern concept of self, body and mind. We will compare a new vision on body-mind relationship emerging in the contemporary "Western" psychology and philosophy with the Eastern classical conceptualizations of body-mind relationship in Confucian, Buddhist, and Japanese Zen philosophy, and finally try to present a new integrative point of view on "self".
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