Self : ancient and modern insights about individuality, life, and death / Richard Sorabji.
"Over the centuries, the idea of the self has both fascinated and confounded philosophers. From the ancient Greeks, who problematized issues of identity and self-awareness, to Locke and Hume, who popularized minimalist views of the self, to the efforts of postmodernists in our time to de-center...
University of Chicago Press,
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- List of abbreviations
- pt. 1. Existence of self and philosophical development of the idea
- 1. The self : is there such a thing?
- 2. The varieties of self and philosophical development of the idea
- pt. 2. Personal identity over time
- 3. Same person in eternal recurrence, resurrection, and teletransportation
- 4. Stoic fusion and modern fission : survival cannot depend on what happens to someone else
- 5. Memory : Locke's return to Epicureans and stoics
- pt. 3. Platonism : impersonal selves, bundles, and differentiation
- 6. Is the true self individual in the Platonist tradition from Plato to Averroës?
- 7. Bundles and differentiation of individuals
- pt. 4. Identity and persona in ethics
- 8. Individual persona vs. universalizability
- 9. Plutarch : narrative and a whole life
- 10. Self as practical reason : Epictetus' inviolable self and Aristotle's deliberate choice.
- pt. 5. Self-awareness
- 11. Impossibility of self-knowledge
- 12. Infallibility of self-knowledge : Cogito and Flying Man
- 13. Knowing self through others versus direct and invariable self-knowledge
- 14. Unity of self-awareness
- pt. 6. Ownerless streams of consciousness rejected
- 15. Why I am not a stream of consciousness
- 16. The debate between ancient Buddhism and the Nyaya school
- pt. 7. Mortality and loss of self
- 17. How might we survive death?
- 18. Could we survive through time going in a circle?
- 19. If we do not survive death, is it irrational to feel dismay?
- Table of thinkers
- Select bibliography of secondary literature
- General index
- Index locorum.