Call: The Altered Self and Altered Self-Experience

Call for Papers
DEADLINE: 20th of April 2013

The Altered Self
and Altered Self-Experience

Institute of Philosophy of Language (IFL), New University of Lisbon (FCSH, UNL)
Lisbon 30th -31th of May2013, 10-18h

Dr. Jorge Gonçalves
Dr. Alexander Gerner
(Members of the Research Project: Cognitive Foundation of the Self)

“Fundamentos Cognitivos do Si”
Funding: PTDC/FIL-FCI/110978/2009

Location:  IFL, FCSH, New University of Lisbon, Avenida de Berna, no 26, Lisbon (Portugal)

Entrance to the workshop is free but please register via email.  Any additional question please contact:

From a theoretical point of view the experiences in which the feeling of self is temporarily or permanently altered, pose opportunities to apply, critically verify or even renew theories of the self.

The altered self, from a human point of view, gains its most relevance when it is related to psychological sufferings, their comprehension, relief or treatment. However, not all altered self-experiences imply suffering or respective treatment.

In eastern (and some western) philosophical traditions a “No-Self” is considered. Techniques of a Self/ No- self include states of meditation, mindfulness or effortless attention. Moreover, for some, self-alterations are desired as in technically achieved, or drug induced suspensions of a “fixed”, “regular”, “normalized” or “orthodox” experience of self. Other self-alterations are even conceived as deliberately induced “enhancements” of the self.

Different conceptual and clinical notions of the altered Self and different modes of altered self-experience will be explored in this intensive workshop in order to clarify the notion of self.

Here a list of possible (not necessary, nor exclusive) topics to be treated in the workshop with some examples

(1) What can (Psycho-) pathologies of the self from different perspectives (Phenomenology, Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis, Philosophy of Mind, Evolutionary Psychology, Cognitive (Neuro-) Sciences etc.) tell us about the phenomenon of the self?


  • Different notions of self/other in Autism/ Schizophrenia/ Dissociated Identity Disorder/ ADHD etc.


(2) Different conceptual approaches towards the altered self in philosophy of psychiatry and modes of treatment


  • Dysfunctional/ disrupted/ disturbed/ pathologic/ abnormal/ suffering/ ill/ partitioned/ split/ restituted or altered Self
  • Dichotomies of  “order/disorder” “normality/pathology”, “regularity/irregularity” in relation to the self in “mental disorders”
  • Altered self- other relations
  • Altered social and ecologic self and its psychosomatic co-relations
  • Non- reductionistic accounts of the altered self in philosophy and psychiatry

(3) Altered self in between the minimal/ primordial bodily self and the extended/ personal self

(4) Mineness, Ownership, Self-Control and its exuberance or denial in altered self states


  • Thought insertion, dissociative self states, Self delusion, Self deception, Self rejection, delirium, hallucinating Self (auditory, visual, vestibular hallucinations)

(5) Constitution, change/dynamics and alteration of the unity of self


  • The unity/disunity of self
  • he unity/disunity of the self in between first- person and second- person perspective
  • (Dis-) unity of the Self : Split self, Altered Self-demarcation, self- consistancy, self-coherence
  • Transitivism, Ipsiety, territorialization/ desterritorialization of the Self

(6) Modeling or transcending the self? Philosophical concepts and the praxis of the No-Self in western and eastern (buddist, Indian, Japanese, Chinese) psychological philosophical traditions

(7) Altered bodily self-awareness: Altered self- affection, Hyper- and hypo-responsiveness of the bodily self


  • Hyperreflexive, self-centered or hyperactive self
  • hyperbolic self-experience
  • altered existential feelings of self:
  • Self as stranger: being in the wrong body, feeling dead, changes in the feeling of vitality etc.

(8) Altered Self-agency and altered self-concepts

(9) Altered Corporality of the self, altered self -perception, disembodiment and autoscopic self-experiences,


  • Self in Out-of-body experiences and different forms of autoscopic experience (polyopic autoscopy, heautoscopy, the feeling of a presence etc.)
  • Constitution and alteration of the first- and second- person perspective in autoscopic experiences
  • Doubles of self
  • Altered bodily experience between selfhood and otherness

(10) Techniques of alteration of the self and its philosophical groundings


  • Self- techniques
  • Altered self-experience in flow and effortless attention
  • Techniques of mindfulness, compassion, wisdom and meditation as altered self-experience
  • Philosophical approaches to self-techniques and self-development

(11) Drugs and altered self-experience: pharmacological and technological inductions of altered self-experience.


  • Pharmacological alteration of the self
  • Altered Self and the drive for “intoxication”

(12) Self-enhancement: Philosophical issues in non-invasive and invasive (Brain-) Technological and psychopharmacological interventions and changes of the minimal bodily self and the personal self


  • Can (and should) the self be enhanced?
  • invasive (brain-)technological induced alteration of the self

among other topics of Altered Self and Altered Self-experience (ASASE)

Please sent abstract proposals with the following SUBJECT line: “ASASE 2013 Abstract Proposal [name]” to both organizers:,

Please notify us (if applicable) in which of the following 12 topics/chapters on “Altered Self and Altered Self Experience” you would like your paper to be inserted.

DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACTS: 20th of April 2013
ACCEPTANCE NOTIFICATION: until 25th of April 2013

We will consider presentation of original papers ONLY held IN ENGLISH for this workshop.

We ask the interested for submitting AN EXTENDED ABSTRACT (MAX. 500 WORDS) for the reader of the workshop, as well as a short CV (until 180 Words) both in doc AND pdf format.

The presentation of selected papers should not exceed 20min at length, and will be followed by 10-20 min of discussion after a panel.

(The inscription fee for accepted papers is 50 Euros)

Besides selected papers, additional invited papers will be considered for a book edition on “The Altered Self and Altered Self-Experience”. Final versions of all chosen/invited papers for publications will be due to 1st of July 2013


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