The Self

Authored by: John Campbell

The Routledge Companion to Metaphysics

Print publication date:  April  2009
Online publication date:  April  2009

Print ISBN: 9780415396318
eBook ISBN: 9780203879306
Adobe ISBN: 9781134155866


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Historically, the voluminous literature on what the self is (in the analytic tradition) stems from two basic puzzle cases. The first is Locke’s example of the prince and the cobbler. The second is Williams’ idea that it might be possible to print off multiple versions of a single person. This article reviews positions on what the self is. I begin by separating positions on what the self is from those on a different subject: the most illuminating ways to draw distinctions between types of self-knowledge.

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