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On Thomas Nagel's Objective Self (2003)

Robert C. Stalnaker

in Ways a World Might Be

Published in print August 2003 | ISBN: 9780199251483
Published online April 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602320 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199251487.003.0015
 On Thomas Nagel's Objective Self (2003)

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This paper explores the conception of self proposed by Thomas Nagel. It is argued that more must be said to clarify the place of a subjective point of view in the objective world than is said by semantic diagnosis. The paper discusses the semantic diagnosis and Nagel’s reasons for finding it unsatisfactory. A metaphysical solution to the problem is presented and the place of subjective point of view in an objective world is explained. It is then analyses whether the austere view of contextual or subjective information can account for information about the qualitative character of experience.

Keywords: Thomas Nagel; objective self; subjective view; semantic diagnosis; conception

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Subjects: Metaphysics

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