Reflection and Self-Knowledge

in The Practices of the Self

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780226468877
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226468549 | DOI:
Reflection and Self-Knowledge

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This chapter examines the relation between reflection and self-knowledge in the context of the theory of the self. It explains that reflection presupposes the existence of an agent and insofar as reflection amounts to self-knowledge it also presupposes that its object exists independently of the attempt to know it. This chapter also considers the possibilities that the self does not have an essential relation to itself and that the relationship to oneself that is constitutive of the self lies at a much deeper level than reflection. It also discusses the relation between authenticity and the nature of the self.

Keywords: reflection; self-knowledge; self; authenticity

Chapter.  17902 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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