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Phenomenology: The Local Question

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/9780198250067.003.0002
 Phenomenology: The Local Question

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This chapter proposes that if one wants to enquire into the existence and nature of the self (Is there such a thing? What is it like if it exists?), then it's wise, and perhaps necessary, to start with an investigation of the experience of there being such a thing. One should start with an investigation of the general form of the experience of there being such a thing. It approaches the metaphysics or ontology of the self, which addresses the questions just raised, through the phenomenology of the self. Metaphysics (or ontology) is the general study of how things are or can be or must be. It's a matter for scientists and mathematicians as well as philosophers, and includes physics as an evolving part. Phenomenology is the study of a particular part of how things are or can be or must be. It's the general study of the character of experience in all its sensory and cognitive richness.

Keywords: self; mind; phenomenology; subject; metaphysics; experience; self-experience; Kant

Chapter.  45162 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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