Self and World

Quassim Cassam

in Self and World

Published in print June 1999 | ISBN: 9780198238959
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597176 | DOI:
 Self and World

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The Exclusion Thesis states that the self is not an object among others in the world. This chapter examines and rejects two arguments for the thesis, the Abstraction Argument, and the Self‐Consciousness Argument. The Abstraction argument claims that the metaphysical subject, which is not an object among others in the world, is an abstraction from the empirical self. The Self‐Consciousness argument claims that the cognitive subject cannot, on pain of circularity, become an object for itself.

Keywords: empirical self; metaphysical subject; Object; self; Self‐Consciousness; Subject

Chapter.  12109 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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