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Selves: An Essay in Revisionary Metaphysics

Galen Strawson


What is the self? Does it exist? If it does exist, what is it like? It's not clear that we even know what we're asking about when we ask these large, metaphysical questions. The idea of the self comes very naturally to us, and it seems rather important, but it's also extremely puzzling. As for the word ‘self’ — it's been taken in so many different ways that it seems that you can mean more or less what you like by it and come up with almost any answer. This book approaches the (seeming) problem of the self by starting from the thing that makes it seem there is a problem in the first place: our ... More

Keywords: experience, consciousness, phenomenology, metaphysics, conceptions of self

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780198250067
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198250067.001.0001


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Galen Strawson, author
Reading University
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