The Narrative Sense of Self

Peter Goldie

in The Mess Inside

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780199230730
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191741340 | DOI:
The Narrative Sense of Self

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Chapter 6 is about the narrative sense of self: the sense that we have of ourselves as having a narratable past and future. It is argued that the narrative sense of self is not at all the same thing as a sense of a narrative self. There is no interesting notion of a narrative self: a self that is in some way constituted by the narratives that we tell about our lives. The narrative sense of self is separate from questions of personal identity — one’s narrative sense of self as is conceived here it really has no direct connection with the metaphysical question of one’s numerical identity over time, although the narrative sense of self presupposes it.

Keywords: narrative identity; personal identity; past; future; Schechtman

Chapter.  14820 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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