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Why am I this particular human being?

You could be interested in reading the IV chapter of The view from Nowhere, by Thomas Nagel, since it's all about this topic. His arguments are related to the issue of a subjective/objective view, but ...
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Is reincarnation inevitable?

The scientific perspective I observe from other answers here that arguments invoking current science are acceptable. So from a scientific perspective, here are some questions: In your model, the ...
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Is loving someone essentially selfish?

John Piper tells this analogy about love and satisfaction in relation to God, but I think the principle applies to any human relationship: I buy — because we’re in our 50th year of marriage now, okay,...
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The Immortal Jellyfish

Welcome to SE Philosophy! This is what is known in philosophy as a question of identity and is related to the metaphysical discipline of ontology, or the study of what is. In essence, identity is the ...
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Is the temperance resulting from the socratic maxim "know thyself" always about knowing others?

As I see it, it's crucial to acknowledge the source of the maxim - from inscriptions on the Temple of Apollo at Delphi where this was 1st of 3 above the entrance, so held in the highest honour of all. ...
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Does personal identity (the self) have to belong to a conscious being?

Locke's theory was empiricist, in opposition to the Cartesian postulation of immutable soul. It is the continuity of memory that creates self-awareness, according to him, and hence personal identity, ...
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Is loving someone essentially selfish?

Any action can be described as 'selfish' if that just means that one derives pleasure or satisfaction from it or if one argues in a closed circle of motivation that one must have derived (or expected ...
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Is reincarnation inevitable?

Identity There is a subtlety that several folks touched on which I would like to spell out: what does it mean for you to be the same as another person who seems like you. You seem to imply that ...
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Is gravity a natural manifestation of universal egoism?

Gravity has nothing whatsoever to do with a philosophical treatment of the condition of humanity. Anyone searching for such a connection is digging a dry well.
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Is there any way for me to know if I exist, as such, do I exist?

I don't know if you exist. As a skeptic, I'm pretty confident that you do (that being the most parsimonious explanation for my experience of your question), but I'm not absolutely certain. On the ...
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I wanted to ask about "EGO", how philosophers have defined ego?

First of all: EGO as a technical term has been defined in different ways by different philosophers and psychologists. There does not exist a common definition, accepted by all psychologists and ...
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Why am I this particular human being?

If there is an answer to your question, one at least that falls within the scope of philosophy, I can offer only a causal explanation. You exist as a human being, and the particular human being you ...
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Why am I this particular human being?

Why aren't 'you' someone else - that smuggles in a transcendental self, a 'perspective of the universe', instantiated in a particular case. Now, that transcendental self, IS instantiated in all minds ...
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Distinction between two types of self

Contemporary philosopher Derek Parfit discussed such a Earth-to-Mars teleportation in his book Reasons and Persons according to reference here: At time 1, there is a person. At a later time 2, there ...
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Is the temperance resulting from the socratic maxim "know thyself" always about knowing others?

In the context of the question you ask and the quotation you provide, yes. It's true in the analytic sense. Remember, know thyself being uttered since ancient times whether as gnothi seauton or later ...
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Is there any evidence to suggest that our conciousness regularly replaces itself?

You need to examine what you are saying carefully. What does it mean to say that one's consciousness regularly 'replaces itself'? How would you even know? The article you cited is unsubstantiated ...
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"i think therefore i am", revist, does criticisms really hold?

What he is saying is that Descartes wants to establish the indubitable truth that there is a particular res cogitans, ie. a specific thinking substance, that is me. Fisher points out that given the ...
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Why am I this particular human being?

Why am I me? What an incredibly simple question. Four little words and it sends the mind diving to the depths of philosophy and science. I don't really have a great answer, but I can tell you that ...
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What areas within philosophy look at continuity of personality and self-hood?

To answer the question in the title directly, metaphysics and philosophy of mind are the two areas of philosophy that deal with the question of personal identity. (One might argue that philosophy of ...
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How does Kant rule out permanent soul in his argument for the existence of external world?

Körner is referring to the Refutation of Idealism argument (B274–279), directed against the skepticism about the external world attributed to Descartes and Berkeley. The idealism in question is the "...
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What does Ortega y Gasset mean by "art is dehumanizing"?

I think there are two main elements or aspects to Ortega's 'The Dehumanisation of Art' (La deshumanización del arte e Ideas sobre la novela, 1925; Princeton tr., 1968). The first can be illustrated ...
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Can we look forward to being dead?

I don’t find myself in a position to say what happens at death. I have had a near death experience where I was pretty much dead then brought back. For me it was not like going to sleep. It passed by ...
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Why do I doubt my logical reasoning?

Sherrilyn Roush describes epistemic self-doubt as the special case of doubt "where what we doubt is our ability to achieve an epistemically favorable state, for example, to achieve true beliefs". The ...
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Is reincarnation inevitable?

What's the flaw in my reasoning, if there is any? You are assuming that the feeling that we are ourselves is entirely a function of the physical state of our body, including our brain. This is a very ...
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Is reincarnation inevitable?

No, reincarnation is not inevitable From a mathematical perspective regarding infinity, the flaw in your reasoning is here: Because the spacetime is infinite there will someday appear a big bang ...
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Is there any way for me to know if I exist, as such, do I exist?

It's a cliche question. So it gets cliche answers. I don't believe in nihilism. I have long wondered why there are not more hard solipsists. Sometimes you all go away but I'm always right here. ...
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Quid sit ego, what is the self?

What is then, o philosopher, that which claims as its own, the body, the brain, the mind, the soul, and the outside things? These are your tools. You are that, which uses these tools and at the same ...
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Is self-awareness necessary to consciousness?

Your questions refers to the relation between thinking on two different hierarchical levels: As you write, humans - old and young - have the capability to think. So let’s call it thinking on the first ...
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