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The Death and Life of the Self

Post-Wittgensteinian Investigations

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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.
Silvia Gáliková is a Professor of Philosophy at the Department of Philosophy, Trnava University. Her research interests include the philosophy of mind and the nature of consciousness.