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Klaus Gaertner, September 30, 2020

September 30, 2020

Lisbon Mind & Reasoning RIP Seminar 

11.30h to 12.10h

Zoom ID:880 3500 8159

Klaus Gaertner (University of Lisbon)

The Untold Story of the Self and Revelation

The last decades have seen a vivid discussion about the nature of the self. Much of this discussion centers around how we should conceive of the self. But the self debate goes beyond purely philosophical implications. It is also central to cognitive (neuro) science, psychology and psychiatry. In this context, the most prominent approaches to the self include the substance view, the phenomenological view and the no-self view. They all represent different interpretations of what the nature of the self is. But even though the metaphysics of the self is widely discussed, it seems that one important determinant is largely neglected, namely the revelation thesis. The most general form of the revelation thesis states that by having an experience, we are in a position to know the essence or nature of experience. In this paper, we will explore the, what we think, implicit adoption of revelation by many metaphysicians within the self debate. In a first step, we will analyze the relation between claims about the nature of the self and how those claims come about. From there we will argue that the metaphysics of the self is deeply affected by the revelation thesis.

 

All welcome. Please contact gandrada@fcsh.unl.pt for password.

Organised by the Lisbon Mind & Reasoning Group (a sub-section of the ArgLab)

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