Investigation of the Self

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A look at how the Self may or may not exist.

Submitted: July 18, 2017

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Submitted: July 18, 2017



1: The Self is an entity that no philosophical theory can manage to accurately define.  Some philosophers, namely, Hume, denoted that the Self could not possibly exist, as we are unable to experience it wholly.  He further argued that what we actually experience is merely a jumbled collective of thoughts and memories, and maintained that the Self is an illusion.

2: A host of subsequent philosophers have attempted to refute Hume's assertion, but to a meager avail.  And while our common sense would contend that we do in fact experience the Self, there exists no representation of it that we can outwardly perceive. 

3: Our minds are naturally inclined to determine that the Self is somehow experienced from within, but is it?  In other words, how do we know for certain that it is the Self we are experiencing and not just a series of collected ideas? 

4: It appears that no real distinction can be made.  It stands, then, that the Self cannot, much like the external world, be penetrated, or even presupposed.  We are poorly equipped, in summation, to make conclusive assumptions about its authenticity, as we cannot ascertain any knowledge concerning it.

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