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Things that bother me : death, freedom, the self, etc.

Author: Galen Strawson
Publisher: New York, NY : New York Review of Books, [2018]
Series: New York Review Book
Edition/Format:   Print book : Essay : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Galen Strawson might be described as the Montaigne of modern philosophers, endlessly curious, enormously erudite, unafraid of strange, difficult, and provocative propositions, and able to describe them clearly--in other words, he is a true essayist. Strawson also shares with Montaigne a particular fascination with the elastic and elusive nature of the self and of consciousness. Of the essays collected here, "A  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Essays
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Strawson, Galen.
Things that bother me.
New York City : New York Review Books, 2018
(DLC) 2018001597
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Galen Strawson
ISBN: 9781681372204 1681372207
OCLC Number: 1019841467
Description: 236 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: The sense of the self --
A fallacy of our age --
I have no future --
Luck swallows everything --
You cannot make yourself the way you are --
The silliest claim --
Real naturalism --
The unstoried life --
Two years' time.
Series Title: New York Review Book
Other Titles: Essays.
Death, freedom, the self, etc.
Responsibility: Galen Strawson.

Abstract:

Galen Strawson might be described as the Montaigne of modern philosophers, endlessly curious, enormously erudite, unafraid of strange, difficult, and provocative propositions, and able to describe them clearly--in other words, he is a true essayist. Strawson also shares with Montaigne a particular fascination with the elastic and elusive nature of the self and of consciousness. Of the essays collected here, "A Fallacy of Our Age" (an inspiration for Vendela Vida's novel Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name) takes issue with the commencement-address cliché that life is a story. Strawson questions whether it is desirable or even meaningful to think about life that way. "The Sense of the Self" offers an alternative account, in part personal, of how a distinct sense of self is not at all incompatible with a sense of the self as discontinuous, leading Strawson to a position that he sees as in some ways Buddhist. "Real Naturalism" argues that a fully naturalist account of consciousness supports a belief in the immanence of consciousness in nature as a whole (also known as panpsychism), while in the final essay Strawson offers a vivid account of coming of age in the 1960s. Drawing on literature and life as much as on philosophy, this is a book that prompts both argument and wonder.

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