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Subjectivity, Selfhood and the Use of the Word ‘I’

Jonardon Ganeri

in Self, No Self?

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780199593804
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191595691 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199593804.003.0007
Subjectivity, Selfhood and the Use of the Word ‘I’

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This chapter addresses the following question: ‘Is the minimal sufficient condition for the possession of a capacity to think of oneself as oneself also a minimal sufficient condition for the possession of a self?’ It examines a number of thinkers who have answered this question in the affirmative, both in the recent Western phenomenological tradition and among the schools of classical India. It tries to establish whether there are any good reasons for answering in the negative.

Keywords: subjectivity; self; selfhood; the first person; manas; Asaṅga; Vasubandhu; Strawson; Zahavi; Recanati

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Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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