The I in Me

A link on the everything-list

http://www.lrb.co.uk/v31/n21/thomas-nagel/the-i-in-me

This is Thomas Nagel’s review of the book Selves: An Essay in Revisionary Metaphysics by Galen Strawson. One quote:

Galen Strawson’s book Selves, a work of shameless metaphysics, argues that selves exist and that they are not human beings. However, Strawson is a materialist and does not think that your self could exist apart from your central nervous system. He holds that your experiences are events in your brain, and that if there is a self which is their subject it too must be in the brain. But he is a materialist of an unusual kind: a realist about experience and an anti-reductionist. Strawson believes that although experiences are events in the brain, experience cannot be analysed in terms of the physical properties of the material world, so the material world is much more than the world described by physics – at least in the case of brains, and perhaps quite generally. This means that the conscious brain has a mental character that is not revealed by the physical sciences, including neurophysiology.

Looks interesting. It would be good to read the book.


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