Recovering Personal Identity

Robert C. Solomon

in The Joy of Philosophy

Published in print May 2003 | ISBN: 9780195165401
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199870103 | DOI:
Recovering Personal Identity

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The self or soul has always been one of the central concerns of both philosophy and religion, but self and soul have always been evasive. Descartes defines the modern dilemma of selfhood and raised “the mind–body problem,” but there are alternative perspectives on the self or soul that do not raise any such problem. The self or soul is ultimately social and “socially constructed” and not individual. The chapter also examines virtue ethics and the notion of character.

Keywords: Aristotle; character; Descartes; mind; mind‐body problem; multiculturalism; pride; self; shame; soul; spirituality; virtue; virtue ethics

Chapter.  11341 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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