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Self and Self-Knowledge

Anthony Kenny

in The Metaphysics of Mind

Published in print September 1992 | ISBN: 9780192830708
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191670527 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192830708.003.0006
Self and Self-Knowledge

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This chapter argues that the self of the philosophers is a mythical entity, and so likewise is the self of the poets and dramatists to the extent to which it is modelled on the philosophers' myth. Belief in a self is a deep error which has number of different roots, two of which are the epistemological root and the psychological root. The myth of the self takes different forms in accordance with the root from which it takes its growth.

Keywords: self; self-knowledge; epistemological root; psychological root

Chapter.  4522 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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