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16. Persons / D. Self as Non-Physical / 3. Cartesian Ego

[Self as a non-physical core of reason and understanding]

9 ideas
Some cause must unite the separate temporal sections of a person [Descartes]
Since I only observe myself to be thinking, I conclude that that is my essence [Descartes]
I can exist without imagination and sensing, but they can't exist without me [Descartes]
In thinking we shut ourselves off from other substances, showing our identity and separateness [Descartes]
I can express the motion of my body in a single point, but that doesn't mean it is a simple substance [Kant]
For Descartes a person's essence is the mind because objects are perceived by mind, not senses [Feuerbach]
My active existence is defined by being able to say 'I can' [Heidegger]
Certainty that I will die is more basic to my existence than the Cogito [Heidegger]
The self is neither an experience nor a thing experienced [Searle]