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Making sense of the self

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This Debate

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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