Unity of Consciousness and the Problem of Self

Dan Zahavi

in The Oxford Handbook of the Self

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780199548019
Published online May 2011 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Philosophy

 Unity of Consciousness and the Problem of Self

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This article argues in defence of the minimal self and discusses the phenomenological objection to the Buddhist no-self view. It considers the distinction made by Miri Albahari between two forms of the sense of body ownership: personal ownership and perspectival ownership. It suggests that there is an important contrast between this Buddhist conception and the phenomenological conception of nonegological consciousness as found by Edmund Husserl and Jean-Paul Sartre.

Keywords: minimal self; no-self; Buddhist view; Miri Albahari; body ownership; nonegological consciousness; Edmund Husserl; Jean-Paul Sartre

Article.  9677 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Epistemology ; Philosophy of Mind

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