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Self Ancient and Modern Insights about Individuality, Life, and Death

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ISBN-10: 0226768260

ISBN-13: 9780226768267

Edition: N/A

Authors: Richard Sorabji

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Drawing on classical antiquity and Western and Eastern philosophy, Richard Sorabji tackles inSelf the question of whether there is such a thing as the individual self or only a stream of consciousness. According to Sorabji, the self is not an undetectable soul or ego, but an embodied individual whose existence is plain to see. Unlike a mere stream of consciousness, it is something that owns not only a consciousness but also a body. Sorabji traces historically the retreat from a positive idea of self and draws out the implications of these ideas of self on the concepts of life and death, asking: Should we fear death? How should our individuality affect the way we live? Through an astute…    
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Book details

Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 11/1/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Richard Sorabjiis honorary fellow of Wolfson College at Oxford University and fellow and emeritus professor at King's College London. He is the editor of over one hundred books and author of fifteen books.

List of abbreviations
Existence of Self and philosophical development of the idea
The Self: is there such a thing?
The varieties of self and philosophical development of the idea
Personal identity over time
Same person in eternal recurrence, resurrection, and teletransportation
Stoic fusion and modern fission: Survival cannot depend on what happens to someone else
Memory: Locke's return to Epicureans and Stoics
Platonism: impersonal selves, bundles, and differentiation
Is the true self individual in the Platonist tradition from Plato to Averroes?
Bundles and differentiation of individuals
Identity and persona in ethics
Individual persona vs. universalizability
Plutarch: narrative and a whole life
Self as practical reason: Epictetus' inviolable self and Aristotle's deliberate choice
Impossibility of self-knowledge
Infallibility of self-knowledge: Cogito and Flying Man
Knowing self through others versus direct and invariable self-knowledge
Unity of self-awareness
Ownerless streams of consciousness rejected
Why I am not a stream of consciousness
The debate between ancient Buddhism and the Nyaya school
Mortality and loss of self
How might we survive death?
Could we survive through time going in a circle?
If we do not survive death, is it irrational to feel dismay?
Table of thinkers
Select bibliography of secondary literature
General index
Index locorum