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I Am an Abstraction, Therefore I Am

Sharlow, Mark (2007) I Am an Abstraction, Therefore I Am. [Preprint]


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In this paper I examine a new variant of the well-known idea that the self is an abstract object. I propose a simple model of the self as a property of temporal slices of a body's history. I argue that this model, when combined with even a modest realism with regard to properties, implies that the self has many of the chief features traditionally attributed to selves. I conclude that this model allows one to reconcile the full reality of the self with even the most deflationary materialistic theories of consciousness.

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Item Type: Preprint
Sharlow, Mark
Additional Information: This is an updated version of a paper that appeared previously on the author's website.
Keywords: self, consciousness, materialism, realism
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology > Neuroscience
Specific Sciences > Psychology/Psychiatry
Depositing User: Mark Sharlow
Date Deposited: 20 Feb 2008
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 15:16
Item ID: 3787

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