Even before the early twentieth century,
when the first semantic and set-theoretical paradoxes were felt in logic and mathematics,
an ever-widening circle of disciplines was affected by problems of self-reference.
Problems of self-reference have become important topics in artificial intelligence,
in the foundations of mathematics and logic, in the psychology of reflection, self-consciousness, and self-regulation.
Epistemology, logic, computer science, information theory, cognitive science, linguistics, legal theory,
sociology and anthropology, and even theology have faced explicit self-referential or reflexive challenges to research or doctrine.
Self-Reference: Reflections on Reflexivity, edited by Steven J. Bartlett and Peter Suber,
is the first published collection of essays to give a sense of depth and breadth of current work on this fascinating and important set of issues.
The volume contains 13 essays by well-known authors in this field,
written on special invitation for this collection.
In addition, the book includes the first general bibliography of works on self-reference, comprising more than 1,200 citations.