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Making sense of the self

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  • The Debate

    Life Story

    We all create internal narratives of our lives. From moment to moment, but also spanning a lifetime. Do these stories of ourselves simply reflect our lives, or do they determine who we are and what we can achieve?

    The Panel

    Philosopher of personal identity Marya Schechtman joins award-winning experimental psychologist Bruce Hood and critic and philosopher Galen Strawson.

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  • Bruce Hood
    The Pitch
    The self is an illusion
  • Galen Strawson
    The Pitch
    We do what we do because we are who we are
  • Marya Schechtman
    The Pitch
    The self is a story
  • The Debate
    Theme One
    Do we require narratives for experiences?
  • The Debate
    Theme Two
    Can we control our life stories?
  • The Debate
    Theme Three
    Do we need an observer?
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David Morey 2 on 27/01/2015 10:33pm

See correction…Possibilities are of course immaterial, although they clearly belong to material things like brains, the idea of selves or of souls clearly point to the richness and significance of the possibilities and agency that belong to brains and bodies, making sense of these ideas clearly involves understanding what you are referring to when you use such terms. A living body clearly has powers and potentials that a dead body does not, 'soul' clearly refers to these missing powers and potentials when a body becomes less organised and dies.

David Morey 2 on 27/01/2015 10:26pm

Possibilities are of course immaterial, although they clearly belong to material things like brains, the idea of selves or of souls clearly point to the richness and significance of the possibilities and agency that belong to brains and bodies, making sense of these ideas clearly involves understanding what you are referring to when you use such terms. A living body clearly has powers and potentials that a dead but does not, 'soul' clearly refers to these missing powers and potentials when a body becomes less organised and dies.

David Morey 2 on 27/01/2015 10:14pm

With our possibilities grounded in our bodies powers and capacities, our past experiences, our culture, all things determining what possibilities are open to us, can happen, and what is impossible and cannot happen.

David Morey 2 on 27/01/2015 10:03pm

Galen sees us as human happenings, well sure, call us da-sein being-the-open, but not everything is possible for us, we won't think French thoughts if we have not learnt French, our happenings are situated in what is possible for us, our self is our growing and or shrinking field of possibilities.

David Morey 2 on 27/01/2015 9:12pm

This is well worth a read on the Self:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Self-Philosophy-Transit/dp/1846146208/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

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