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Introduction

Galen Strawson

in Selves

Published in print July 2009 | ISBN: 9780198250067
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191712593 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198250067.003.0001
 Introduction

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This introductory chapter begins by describing the eight parts of the book. It then explores the meaning of ‘I’ and the ‘self’. It argues for the transience view of the self — that there are many short-lived or transient selves, if there are any at all. It further argues that selves exist, and that they are things or objects or ‘substances’ of some sort, and hence, given materialism, physical objects. The chapter then discusses science and philosophy, philosophy and temperament, and temperament and time.

Keywords: self; I; transience; object; thing; science; philosophy; temperament; time; human difference

Chapter.  9694 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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