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Who are the leading thinkers, both past and present, on the subject of self-deception?

I'm interested more in the philosophical perspective, rather than the evolutionary aspect like Robert Trivers presents.
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Do alternative theories of self eventually dissolve into either the substance theory or the bundle theory?

It seems upon first glance that attitudes towards the existence of the self must either be defending the notion that it exists in its own right as a real thing imbued with sensible and rational power (...
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Can you argue that you are not selfish?

Psychological egoism, can anyone provide an everyday action which a healthy human mind would carry out which doesn't have the motive of preservation of the individuals own life at heart? For example, ...
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Why does Edward Craig assert that your production of something usually exposes something inside you?

A novice, I do not feel prepared yet to read Hegel; but please tell me if his primary sources answer my question. Source: p 82, Philosophy ; A Very Short Introduction (2002) by Edward Craig.   [1.]...
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If you do not know which human will exist, then you do not know which human now exists?

Source: pp 144, 145, 147-148, Think: A Compelling Introduction to Philosophy (1 ed, 1999) by Simon Blackburn [p 144:] There is a curious difference between the past and the future, when we think ...
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How can materialists of thought believe in something else than substance?

First seen on: p 128, Think: A Compelling Introduction to Philosophy (1 ed, 1999) by Simon Blackburn Source: Essay concerning Human Understanding, Book 2, Chapter 27 (Identity and Diversity), ...
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Does materialism presuppose that a self is a bundle of mental states and perceptions?

The physicalist/materialist (going forward I'll use the two interchangeably) position on the mind body problem is the following: Nothing exits besides the physical and therefore the mind is just a ...
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How can you imagine yourself in another state, without mentally transporting yourself to that imagined state?

Preface: I capitalised all italics; the book only italicised. Source: pp 141-142 , Think: A Compelling Introduction to Philosophy (1 ed, 1999) by Simon Blackburn   But suppose instead I am not ...
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When 'I' is used as a subject, why do we disuse 'I' and so create an illusion?

Caution: I probably quoted overmuch; please feel free to omit the first few paragraphs and advise what can be omitted. Source: pp 137-138 , Think: A Compelling Introduction to Philosophy (1 ed, 1999) ...
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How does mind discovers its own existence?

By mind I mean the observer, the self, something that perceive. I hope that you understand because I can't find the right word. So, your mind can observe the external existence, and can observe its ...
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How can we let go of one (the Self) and not the other (Free Will)? [duplicate]

I am under the impression that in western culture, it is quite common to conceive the Self as an illusion — probably as an import from eastern religions, and in particular from Buddhism, and in ...
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According to Humean analysis, if self-identity is but a stream of impressions, than what allows for imagination and associations to begin with?

Imagination is the recollection of certain impressions. But it seems necessary to believe that there is a difference between the recollection of certain impressions and the actual experience of ...
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What are some good books about existential philosophy?

I recently have gained a lot of interest in philosophy and have especially taken to Nietzsche's work and ideas. I am reading philosophy to understand on a more personal level to lead a more fulfilled ...
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Aristotle and Charles Taylor's view of the self

I watched the movie Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind with Jim Carrey, and was asked: Do you think think erasing another from one's memory, as in the film, is a form of erasing oneself? Answer ...
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What is the philosophical definition of a person? [closed]

What defines us as people? as individuals? Names? I don't really think so, I mean even if I change my name, I'm still the same person. Memories? so if I lose my memory, then I'll become another ...
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Philosophy describing a deeper reasoning for how to act toward others than feelings or personal gain?

Utilitarianism seems to be based on personal gain or positive / negative emotion. Why help others? It makes you feel good, or it makes the world a better place which may benefit you with good ...
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How to find a purpose at life [closed]

Just watched the How to Know Your Life Purpose in 5 Minutes: Adam Leipzig at TEDxMalibu He talks about 3 questions. Who you are ?(%90) What do you love to do "X" ? (%80) Who do you do "X" for ? ( ...
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What are you? Does teleportation work? [duplicate]

Scenario Teleportation (Cloning) There are 2 rooms. You enter one. Its all white with a big A on one wall. You look at it and then close your eyes. Now you get cloned, your atoms are measured and in ...
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Can you exist in two places at once?

One idea in H+ is that a person's consciousness can be digitized to outlive its human body. I think the assumption is that everything that you consciously are is just the emergent configuration of ...
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Can a person's 'sense of self' be transported across spacetime?

Let us assume that transportation of human beings (and other objects) is possible (maybe in the future), and we have the technology to do so. (Please don't debate the scientific plausibility of this.) ...
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If the atoms of a person's body change every x number of years, should the person be prosecuted today for a crime that he/she committed x years ago?

I saw this question somewhere in the Internet(I forgot the source) and I think this forum is a good place to ask it. According to what I know, the atoms in a persons body are replaced every certain ...
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Buddhism self, no-self and the middle path. [closed]

I have come across several articles attempting to define the concept of no-self, not-self and self. These articles include http://www.wildmind.org/blogs/on-practice/if-there-is-no-self http://www....
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Would a clone of myself be a different person than myself? [closed]

don't know if anyone will read this, but just a random thought I had: Try to imagine the following: you wake up in a hospital bed, with no recollection of how you got there. You look over at the bed ...
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Is the word “I” a dangling linguistic pointer with no actual referent?

Is the word "I" a dangling linguistic pointer with no actual referent? Otherwise, what exactly is this slippery referent? Could it be possible the phrase "I am" is meaningless due to a lack of an ...
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What is the concept of knowing one's own abilities?

For example, I know that I am strong enough to pick up a feather, but that I am unable to lift up a car. I'm unsure if this is self-awareness, because it does not cover the conscious knowledge of ...
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Does the existence of colors give evidence against materialism?

It seems to me the only thing about colors that can be understood rationally is that they are distinct. We interact with other people who for the most part label my red as their red, my green as their ...
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the self as agency is a brain function or a kind of solid entity, a soul? [duplicate]

Blockquote Sense of agency From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia The "sense of agency" (SA) refers to the subjective awareness that one is initiating, executing, and controlling one's own volitional ...
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Why does the eastern teaching of no-self be so difficult to accept, as an actuality and not as a weird claim, by western thought?

In West, self is seen as a precious concept, central to everyday life decisions. On the opposite, Western stretches the illusory nature of a permanent entity. It seems to be there such an huge ...
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Are there any Western philosophies that present views similar to the No-self view of Buddhism?

Can similarities be found in western philosophy with the eastern concept of self (no-self) in Buddhism? In Buddhism the no-self is called anatman. Buddha spoke about the emptiness of the form, in the ...
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What are Kant's critiques of Hume's and Descartes's conceptions of the self?

What are Kant's critiques of Descartes's conception of the self contained in the Metaphysical Meditations and of Hume's conception of the self expressed in the Essay concerning human understanding? ...
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Does self-awareness have a time span?

I recall as a young child that I didn't quite recognize that the "me" of tomorrow and the "me" of yesterday was quite the same as myself today. Once a punishment for a misdeed got delayed until ...
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Self identity in present day society

When we left back frames of reference like being an aristocrat, or religion and nation, or what kind of consumer and of what brands we are, what is left? How do we self-identify in the XXI century? ...
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The reality of self [closed]

A person is perceived and judged by their actions. Frequently the intention or motive of a person's actions can be misunderstood or misinterpreted for a variety of factors. A few possible factors ...
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What is exactly the meaning of the expression “Be yourself”? [closed]

We hear and say this expression "be your self" frequently. And usually we intend somehow being honest and/or not pretending to be somebody else. But I am a little more curious about the meaning of ...
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How to answer this interview question [closed]

My friend is an artist and she has to answer this question but is not sure of the meaning. What does it mean, do you think? I find you to be incredibly productive and driven, as someone who as Rilke ...
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Psychoanalysis and the ontologization of the self

I'm very interested in psychoanalysis ontologization of the "self"-concept meaning: The idea that there is a self - a continuous entity with some inner dynamic, that we must fight (defense mechanism) ...
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If I upload my brain into a computer is it still me?

I think the answer is yes but I know a lot of people disagree. So, I would like to ask these people when exactly does it stop being me. Let's say I want to upload my brain into a computer using the ...