Dream, Death, and the Self
By (author) J.J. Valberg
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Dream, Death, and the Self by J.J. Valberg
Book Description"Might this be a dream?" In this book, distinguished philosopher J. J. Valberg approaches the familiar question about dream and reality by seeking to identify its subject matter: what is it that would be the dream if "this" were a dream? It turns out to be a subject matter that contains the whole of the world, space, and time but which, like consciousness for Sartre, is nothing "in itself." This subject matter, the "personal horizon," lies at the heart of the main topics--the first person, the self, and the self in time--explored at length in the book. The personal horizon is, Valberg contends, the subject matter whose center each of us occupies, and which for each of us ceases with death. This ceasing to be presents itself solipsistically not just as the end of everything "for me" but as the end of everything absolutely. Yet since it is the same for everyone, this cannot be. Death thus confronts us with an impossible fact: something that cannot be but will be. The puzzle about death is one of several extraphilosophical puzzles about the self that Valberg discusses, puzzles that can trouble everyday consciousness without any contribution from philosophy. Nor can philosophy resolve the puzzles. Its task is to get to the bottom of them, and in this respect to understand ourselves--a task philosophy has always set itself.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780691128597
(229mm x 152mm x 31mm)
Imprint: Princeton University Press
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publish Date: 3-Apr-2007
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author J.J. Valberg
Puzzle of Experience, Hardback (November 1992)» View all books by J.J. Valberg
Explores the puzzle of perceptual experience. In reflecting on our experience we may "reason" about it, or be "open" to it. These reflections generate a contradiction about the object of existence. This book explains why and how the contradiction arises, and considers solutions.
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Author Biography - J.J. Valberg
J. J. Valberg is Senior Fellow of Philosophy at University College London. He is the author of "The Puzzle of Experience".
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