Ingmar Persson

in The Retreat of Reason

Published in print November 2005 | ISBN: 9780199276905
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603198 | DOI:

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This chapter contends that one’s perception of one’s own body from the inside, in proprioception, plays a prominent role in one’s self-reference by means of ‘I’ and, thus, in one’s conception of one’s self. It describes this perception of our own bodies as a perception of a three-dimensional solid which forms the centrepiece of our perceptual world. The chapter ends by criticizing various kinds of immaterialism or non-reductionism which take personal identity to consist in the identity of a subject of some sort of continuity of consciousness which could obtain in the absence of any bodily or physical underpinning.

Keywords: continuity of consciousness; immaterialism; non-reductionism; personal identity; proprioception; self; self-reference

Chapter.  9182 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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