On 9/16/2012 12:34 PM, Evgenii Rudnyi wrote:
You may want to look at
Galen Strawson, Selves: An Essay in Revisionary Metaphysics
He proves that selves exist. Interestingly enough he does it based on
the materialist framework.
p. 11 “For the moment, though, the brief is to show that selves exist,
and that they’re things or objects or ‘substances’ of some sort, and
hence, given materialism, physical objects. One possibility is that
there are in fact no better candidates for the title of ‘physical
object’ than selves – even if there are others that are as good.”
p. 11 “This last suggestion is likely to strike many as obviously
false, but this reaction may stem in part from a failure to think
through what it is for something to be physical, on a genuine or
realistic materialist view, and, equally, from a failure to think
through what it is for something to be a thing or object.”
I disagree. Strawson does not "prove" or offer a proof here. He
merely states an equality. TO prove that equality he must show that the
necessary and sufficient condition of "selves" exists in (assuming
materialism), "physical objects". I have read his papers, he fails.
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