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The Retreat of ReasonA dilemma in the philosophy of life$
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Ingmar Persson

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199276905

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0199276900.001.0001

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(p.242) 19 SELF AND BODY
The Retreat of Reason

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This chapter contends that one’s perception of one’s own body from the inside, in proprioception, plays a prominent role in one’s self-reference by means of ‘I’ and, thus, in one’s conception of one’s self. It describes this perception of our own bodies as a perception of a three-dimensional solid which forms the centrepiece of our perceptual world. The chapter ends by criticizing various kinds of immaterialism or non-reductionism which take personal identity to consist in the identity of a subject of some sort of continuity of consciousness which could obtain in the absence of any bodily or physical underpinning.

Keywords:   continuity of consciousness, immaterialism, non-reductionism, personal identity, proprioception, self, self-reference

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