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Single Idea 15803

[catalogued under 16. Persons / E. Rejecting the Self / 1. Self as Indeterminate]

Full Idea

Some very strange theories of the self suggest it is an abstract object, such as a class, or a property, or a function. Some theories imply that I am a collection, or a bundle, or a structure, or an event, or a process (or even a verb!).

Gist of Idea

Bad theories of the self see it as abstract, or as a bundle, or as a process


Roderick Chisholm (Person and Object [1976], Intro 4)

Book Reference

Chisholm,Roderick: 'Person and Object' [Open Court 1976], p.20

A Reaction

I certainly reject the abstract lot, but the second lot doesn't sound so silly to me, especially 'structure' and 'process'. I don't buy the idea that the Self is an indivisible monad. It is a central aspect of brain process - the prioritiser of thought.