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Profile: Tanya de Villiers-Botha (University of Stellenbosch)
  1. Tanya De Villiers, Complexity and the Self.
    Thesis --University of Stellenbosch, 2002.
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  2. Tanya De Villiers, Mind and Language : Evolution in Contemporary Theories of Cognition.
    Thesis )--University of Stellenbosch, 2006.
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  3. Tanya de Villiers & Paul Cilliers (2004). Narrating the Self: Freud, Dennett and Complexity Theory. South African Journal of Philosophy 23 (1):34-53.
    Adopting a materialist approach to the mind has far reaching implications for many presuppositions regarding the properties of the brain, including those that have traditionally been consigned to “the mental” aspect of human being. One such presupposition is the conception of the disembodied self. In this article we aim to account for the self as a material entity, in that it is wholly the result of the physiological functioning of the embodied brain. Furthermore, we attempt to account for the structure (...)
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  4. Paul Cilliers, Tanya de Villiers & Vasti Roodt (2002). The Formation of the Self. Nietzsche and Complexity. South African Journal of Philosophy 21 (1):1-17.
    The purpose of this article is to examine the relationship between the formation of the self and the worldly horizon within which this self achieves its meaning. Our inquiry takes place from two perspectives: the first derived from the Nietzschean analysis of how one becomes what one is; the other from current developments in complexity theory. This two-angled approach opens up different, yet related dimensions of a non-essentialist understanding of the self that is none the less neither arbitrary nor deterministic. (...)
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  5. Tanya De Villiers, Why Peirce Matters : The Symbol in Deacon’s Symbolic Species.
    The original publication is available at htt://www.sciencedirect.com.
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