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The Self: A History

Patricia Kitcher


This book is about the ways that the concept of an ‘I’ or a ‘self’ has been developed at different times in the history of western philosophy; it also offers a striking contrast case, the ‘interconnected’ self, who appears in some expressions of African philosophy. If ‘human being’ is a biological classification, ‘I’ is a mental one. What I’s do is think. The most common theme across western accounts of ‘I’s that think’ is that they are self-conscious. A second theme (in the west) is that selves have unity: There is one self who recalls past experiences and anticipates future actions. Despite ... More

Keywords: Book, I, thinking, subject, consciousness, self-consciousness, unity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780190087265
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190087265.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Patricia Kitcher, editor
Roberta and William Campbell Professor of Philosophy, Columbia University

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