Metaphysics: The Question of Fact, 1

Galen Strawson

in Selves

Published in print July 2009 | ISBN: 9780198250067
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191712593 | DOI:
 Metaphysics: The Question of Fact, 1

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This chapter begins with a discussion of the thin conception, according to which a subject of experience is something that exists only if experience exists of which it is the subject. It explores Descartes' endorsement of the thin conception of the subject, which is fundamental to his conception of the I or mind or soul or self or subject in that it doesn't and can't exist in the absence of experience or consciousness — in his terminology — ‘thinking’ or ‘thought’ (cogitatio). The chapter then considers Fichte, Husserl, Nozick, James, and Hume.

Keywords: thin subjects; I; Descartes; Fichte; Husserl; Nozick; James; Hume

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