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16. Persons / B. Concept of the Self / 6. Denial of the Self

[denial that there is any such thing as a 'Self']

25 ideas
Individuals don't exist, but are conventional names for sets of elements [Buddha]
The perfect man has no self [Chuang Tzu]
To see with true clarity, your self must irrelevant [Chuang Tzu]
When the Buddha reached the highest level of insight, he could detect no self in the world [Ashvaghosha]
We invent a 'self' to make a continuous reality out of separate perceptions [Hume ,by PG]
We imagine a self, but perceptions seem separate, and no principle connects them [Hume ,by PG]
It is as perverse to resent our individuality being replaced by others, as to resent the body renewing itself [Schopenhauer]
The 'I' is a conceptual synthesis, not the governor of our being [Nietzsche]
The 'I' is a fiction used to make the world of becoming 'knowable' [Nietzsche]
Perhaps we are not single subjects, but a multiplicity of 'cells', interacting to create thought [Nietzsche]
In perception, the self is just a logical fiction demanded by grammar [Russell]
Everyone is other, and no one is himself [Heidegger]
Maybe it is the act of reflection that brings 'me' into existence [Sartre]
The Ego only appears to reflection, so it is cut off from the World [Sartre]
Goffman sees the self as no more than a peg on which to hang roles we play [Goffman ,by MacIntyre]
A subject is a form which can change, in (say) political or sexual situations [Foucault]
The brain is controlled by shifting coalitions, guided by good purposeful habits [Dennett]
We spin narratives about ourselves, and the audience posits a centre of gravity for them [Dennett]
We tell stories about ourselves, to protect, control and define who we are [Dennett]
The psychological self is an abstraction, not a thing in the brain [Dennett]
Selves are not soul-pearls, but artefacts of social processes [Dennett]
The work done by the 'homunculus in the theatre' must be spread amongst non-conscious agencies [Dennett]
It doesn't matter whether I exist with half my components replaced (any more than an audio system) [Parfit]
For Buddhists a fixed self is a morally dangerous illusion [Flanagan]
The self is an abstraction which magnifies important aspects of autobiography [Flanagan]