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The Early Modern Subject: Self-Consciousness and Personal Identity from Descartes to Hume

Udo Thiel


Self-consciousness and personal identity are fundamental features of human subjectivity. Even present-day discussions of these issues in philosophy of mind are strongly influenced by the conceptual frameworks given to them in early modern thought. This book discusses the understanding of self-consciousness and personal identity as well as related issues, such as individuation, consciousness, reflection, self-concern, accountability, and conceptions of the soul and the afterlife, as it developed in early modern philosophy; that is, in seventeenth- and eighteenth century thinkers, such as Descar ... More

Keywords: individuation, personal identity, consciousness, self-consciousness, reflection, self-concern, soul, afterlife, accountability, Descartes, Locke, Leibniz, Wolff, Hume

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Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199542499
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199542499.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Udo Thiel, author
University of Graz, Austria

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