Who are you?—Even a cursory take on this potent question reveals an important truth: your metaphysical commitments matter. What you take to be real about yourself and the world through which you move has immediate and profound consequences: what is the best life for you to live? What weight do your ethical claims have? This talk explores four powerful concepts of the self—Plato’s notion of our immortal intellect; Kierkegaard’s individual, forged by an infinite commitment; Nietzsche’s ‘person as a cultural artifact;’ and, finally, Sartre’s ‘no self’ view: these accounts are connected in curious ways, and may influence your thinking more than you might suspect.
Speakers Sheridan Hough, Professor of Philosophy, College of Charleston
Hosted by NYU Abu Dhabi Institute
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