An Attempt at dissolution of the notion of self

Sugorakova, Daria
The purpose of this thesis is to provide a plausible approach to the problems of self and personal continuity that arise in various thought experiments and reported extraordinary real-life cases. When we approach the puzzling thought experiments and actual cases in terms of the notion of sense of self, the question of whether a person’s self continues becomes moot and inconsequential. The approach based on the sense of self provides clarity, is capable of dissolving the puzzles, while the notion of an enduring self complicates and confuses the matter.


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Citation Formats
D. Sugorakova, “An Attempt at dissolution of the notion of self,” Ph.D. - Doctoral Program, Middle East Technical University, 2014.