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Single Idea 7386

[catalogued under 16. Persons / E. Rejecting the Self / 2. Self as Social Construct]

Full Idea

Selves are not independently existing soul-pearls, but artefacts of the social processes that create us, and, like other such artefacts, subject to sudden shifts in status.

Gist of Idea

Selves are not soul-pearls, but artefacts of social processes


Daniel Dennett (Consciousness Explained [1991], 13.2)

Book Reference

Dennett,Daniel: 'Consciousness Explained' [Penguin 1993], p.423

A Reaction

"Soul-pearls" is a nice phrase for the Cartesian view, but there can something between soul-pearls and social constructs. Personally I think the self is a development of the propriotreptic (body) awareness that even the smallest animals must possess.