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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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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
HUMS
Department:
Philosophy Faculty
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Author
Journal:
Philosophical Investigations More from this journal
Volume:
32
Issue:
2
Pages:
134-162
Publication date:
2009-04-01
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EISSN:
1467-9205
ISSN:
0190-0536
Language:
English
Pubs id:
pubs:252089
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uuid:8edd3301-5ab6-4451-9713-7e756a10d2d0
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pubs:252089
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252089
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2012-12-19

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