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Life Story:

Making sense of the self

Life Story

Bruce Hood, Marya Schechtman, Galen Strawson. Hilary Lawson hosts.

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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