Single Idea 4006

[catalogued under 16. Persons / E. Rejecting the Self / 3. Narrative Self]

Full Idea

As a being who grows and becomes I can only know myself through the history of my maturations and regressions, overcomings and defeats.

Gist of Idea

I can only be aware of myself as a person who changes by means of my personal history


Charles Taylor (Sources of the Self [1989], 2.3)

Book Reference

Taylor,Charles: 'Sources of the Self' [CUP 1992], p.50

A Reaction

An important insight. My immediate sense of self makes my personal history central, not an extra. But a history must be a history OF something.