Who Am I? Who Is She?

Who Am I? Who Is She?

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Are a€˜personsa€™ physical things, members of the species homo sapiens which exist solely in materialist form, continuous in structure with other living things? Or is the issue a more complex one: are there more dimensions to being a person than mere physical, biological existence? These are matters of interest and discussion in many fields of study in this age of individuality. In this wide-ranging essay, the author addresses various aspects of the issue, including the history of self and identity. The ancient tradition of dualism is rejected in favour of a straightforward holistic and naturalistic account of selfhood; it is argued that the mind arises in an emergent sense from the body and personal identity is best expressed in terms of a self-reflective and meaningful narrative. The approach is principally from an analytic philosophy point of view but also takes ona€“board psychological and sociological aspects of self and identity.A further example of emergence is that given by the concept of a#39;center of gravitya#39;, or the current terminus technicus in physics, the ... 295 In his essay The Self as Center of Narrative Gravity, Daniel Dennett availed metaphorically of this idea.

Title:Who Am I? Who Is She?
Author: Gerard P. Montague
Publisher:Walter de Gruyter - 2012-01-01

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