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Self and self-consciousness: Aristotelian ontology and Cartesian duality

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The relationship between self-consciousness, Aristotelian ontology, and Cartesian duality is far closer than it has been thought to be. There is no valid inference either from considerations of Aristotle's hylomorphism or from the phenomenological distinction between body and living body, to the undermining of Cartesian dualism. Descartes' conception of the self as both a reasoning and willing being informs his conception of personhood; a person for Descartes is an unanalysable, integrated, s...

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Peer reviewed
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10.1111/j.1467-9205.2008.01367.x

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Oxford college:
Worcester College
Department:
Humanities Division - Philosophy Faculty
Publisher:
Wiley-Blackwell Publisher's website
Journal:
Philosophical Investigations Journal website
Volume:
32
Issue:
2
Pages:
134-162
Publication date:
2009-04-05
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EISSN:
1467-9205
ISSN:
0190-0536
URN:
uuid:1fc25c55-a481-4ad0-96a0-28a52f78c8b7
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ora:2810
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English
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