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May 19th, 2020

From the vaults: The Self

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Estimated reading time: 10 minutes

Forum for Philosophy

May 19th, 2020

From the vaults: The Self

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Estimated reading time: 10 minutes

Mary Midgley/ Jonathan Rée/ Raymond Tallis

 


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What is the self? Should we turn to philosophy, psychology, or neuroscience in order to better understand it? Does the self even exist? We discuss claims that the self is an illusion, exposing the philosophical problems that such claims conceal. Returning us instead to the experience of selfhood, we explore alternatives both to reductive scientific accounts and to traditional philosophical concepts of the self.

 

Speakers
Mary Midgley
Philosopher & Author
Jonathan Rée
Philosopher, Historian & Author
Raymond Tallis
Philosopher & Author

Chair
Danielle Sands
Lecturer in Philosophy, Royal Holloway, University of London & Fellow, Forum for Philosophy

 

Recorded on 28 February 2014 at the LSE

 

 

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Forum for Philosophy

Forum for Philosophy is a non-profit organization promoting philosophy. We host events, produce podcasts, and publish an essay series to showcase the work of contemporary academic philosophers from all philosophical traditions, often in conversation with each other and with academics from other disciplines. In all of our activities, we promote thought-provoking discussion of science, art, and politics from a philosophical perspective.

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