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The Death and Life of the Self

Post-Wittgensteinian Investigations


Silvia Gáliková

What is a self? What is the relation between phenomenal consciousness and the self? What are we talking about when we speak of conscious experience, the self, an inner mental world? In order to answer these questions the author reconsiders the «turn to the self» in contemporary philosophy of mind. The human self is considered as a natural phenomenon open to careful theoretical analysis, empirical and experimental research. The loss of everyday intuitions on the nature of self plays a significantly liberating role in self-understanding and explaining man’s behaviour.
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Silvia Gáliková, born in 1962 in Bratislava has graduated at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of P.J. Šafárik in Prešov in 1988. She continued her postgraduate study at the Institute of Philosophy at Slovak Academy Of Sciences in Bratislava. S. Gáliková concentrates her research on contemporary philosophy of mind. Her teaching includes courses on philosophy of mind and consciousness, selected topics in the history of philosophy and cognitive science. Since 2008 she is a lecturer and tutor at the Deaprtment of Philosophy, Faculty of Philosophy at Trnava University in Trnava and author of Introduction to the philosophy of mind (2001), Psyché (2007), Mind in science (2013).

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