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The early modern subject : self-consciousness and personal identity from Descartes to Hume

Author: Udo Thiel
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2011.
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"Explores the understanding of self-consciousness and personal identity--two fundamental features of human subjectivity--as it developed in early modern philosophy. Udo Thiel presents a critical evaluation of these features as they were conceived in the sevententh and eighteenth centuries. He explains the arguments of thinkers such as Descartes, Locke, Leibniz, Wolff, and Hume, as well as their early critics,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Udo Thiel
ISBN: 9780199542499 019954249X
OCLC Number: 709682957
Description: xiii, 483 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. The seventeenth-century background. The ontological view of the self : Scholastic and Cartesian conceptions ; Metaphysical alternatives : conceptions of identity, morality, and the afterlife --
2. Locke's subjectivist revolution. Locke on identity, consciousness, and self-consciousness ; Locke on personal identity : consciousness, memory, and self-concern --
3. Problems with Locke : critique and defence. The notion of a person and the role of consciousness and memory ; The charge of circularity and the argument from the transitivity of identity --
4. Subjectivity and immaterialist metaphysics of the mind. The soul : human and universal ; Relating to the soul, pure thought, original sin, and the afterlife --
5. Substance, apperception, and identity : Leibniz, Wolff, and beyond. Individuation and identity, apperception and consciousness in Leibniz and Wolff ; Beyond Leibniz and Wolff : from immortality to the necessary "unity of the subject" ; From the critique of Wolffian apperception to the Idea of the "pre-existence" of self-consciousness --
6. Bundles and selves : Hume in context. Hume and the belief in personal identity ; Hume and the bundle view of the self.
Other Titles: Self-consciousness and personal identity from Descartes to Hume
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Udo Thiel presents a critical evaluation of the understanding of self-consciousness and personal identity in early modern philosophy. He explores over a century of European philosophical debate from  Read more...

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Thiel's is a compelling interpretation. Daniel Heller-Roazen, The TLS an indispensible guide for specialists in early modern philosophy and the history of subjectivity. S. Young, CHOICE clearly and Read more...

 
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