The Stoic self

An eminently practical take on who we are

What is the self? As with any complex and slippery concept, we can draw on literally thousands of years worth of philosophical discussions in both the eastern and western traditions to address the question. But perhaps it will be simpler to begin with two contrasting definitions from a dictionary:

In philosophy:

The ego; that which knows, remembers, desires, suffers, etc., as contrasted with that known, remembered, etc.

The uniting principle, as a soul, underlying all subjective experience.

Setting aside metaphysically questionable talk of "soul," it should be obvious that there is such thing as the self. We do "know, remember, desire, suffer, etc.," and we do have unified subjective experiences. Whatever turns out to make that possible is the self.

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