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Character and Self

Joel J. Kupperman

in Character

Published in print August 1995 | ISBN: 9780195096545
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199852918 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195096545.003.0002
Character and Self

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This chapter describes character as a second self or, on the other hand, as a first self. To understand the importance of character in human life, we must appreciate who it is that has a character. Full understanding of what character is will have to include the background of a metaphysical account of the self. The self is a relation which relates itself to its own self, or it is that in the relation that the relation relates to its own self; the self is not the relation but that the relation relates itself to its own self. Everyone is born with a self, which remains strictly self-identical throughout that person's life, in that, whatever character the person develops or however he or she changes, the self remains itself.

Keywords: character and self; self; character; own self; atman; reincarnation; self-image; introspection; Upanishads

Chapter.  13059 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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