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Single Idea 3073

[catalogued under 16. Persons / C. Self-Awareness / 2. Knowing the Self]

Full Idea

Our conception of ourselves in the world is more like a map than a story.

Gist of Idea

We see ourselves in the world as a map


Gilbert Harman (Thought [1973], Pref)

Book Reference

Harman,Gilbert: 'Thought' [Princeton 1977], p.-4

A Reaction

Dennett offer the 'story' view of the self (Ideas 7381 and 7382). How do we arbitrate this one? A story IS a sort of map. Maps can extend over time as well over space. I think the self is real, and is a location on a map, and the hero of a story.

Related Ideas

Idea 7381 We tell stories about ourselves, to protect, control and define who we are [Dennett]

Idea 7382 We spin narratives about ourselves, and the audience posits a centre of gravity for them [Dennett]