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Things That Bother Me: Death, Freedom, the Self, Etc.

Things That Bother Me: Death, Freedom, the Self, Etc.

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PhilosophyBiographies GeneralLetters & Essays

Publisher Price: $17.95

ISBN10: 1681372207
ISBN13: 9781681372204
Publisher: New York Review Of Books
Published: Mar 13 2018
Pages: 240
Weight: 0.65
Height: 0.70 Width: 5.70 Depth: 8.40
Language: English
An original collection of lauded philosopher Galen Strawson's writings on the self and consciousness, naturalism and pan-psychism.

Galen Strawson might be described as the Montaigne of modern philosophers, endlessly curious, enormously erudite, unafraid of strange, difficult, and provocative propositions, and able to describe them clearly--in other words, he is a true essayist. Strawson also shares with Montaigne a particular fascination with the elastic and elusive nature of the self and of consciousness. Of the essays collected here, A Fallacy of Our Age (an inspiration for Vendela Vida's novel Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name) takes issue with the commencement-address cliché that life is a story. Strawson questions whether it is desirable or even meaningful to think about life that way. The Sense of the Self offers an alternative account, in part personal, of how a distinct sense of self is not at all incompatible with a sense of the self as discontinuous, leading Strawson to a position that he sees as in some ways Buddhist. Real Naturalism argues that a fully naturalist account of consciousness supports a belief in the immanence of consciousness in nature as a whole (also known as panpsychism), while in the final essay Strawson offers a vivid account of coming of age in the 1960s.

Drawing on literature and life as much as on philosophy, this is a book that prompts both argument and wonder.

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