By C. Thomas Powell
From Descartes to Hume, philosophers within the 17th and eighteenth centuries built a dialectic of considerably conflicting claims in regards to the nature of the self. within the Paralogisms of The Critique of natural Reason, Kant involves phrases with this dialectic and with the nature of the experiencing self. during this examine, Powell seeks to clarify those tricky texts, displaying that the constitution of the Paralogisms presents a vital key to figuring out either Kant's critique of "rational psychology" and his conception of self-consciousness. As Kant learned, the ways that we needs to signify ourselves to ourselves have import not just for epistemology, yet for our view of people and of our personal immortality, in addition to for ethical philosophy. His idea of self-consciousness is usually proven to have implications for modern discussions of the matter of different minds, functionalism, and the matter of indexical self-reference.
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