Self by Richard Sorabji
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By Richard Sorabji


Ancient and Modern Insights About Individuality, Life, and Death

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Self by Richard Sorabji

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Richard Sorabji presents a brilliant exploration of the history of our understanding of the self, which has remained elusive and mysterious throughout the spectacular development of human knowledge of the outside world. He ranges from ancient to contemporary thought, Western and Eastern, to reveal and assess the insights of a remarkable variety of thinkers. He discusses a set of topics which are at the heart of our understanding of ourselves: personal identity; memory; the importance of seeing one's life as a whole; the relation between self, intellect, will, and agency; self-awareness; the stream of consciousness; embodiment; death and survival. He rejects the view, found in various philosophical and religious writings, that the self is an illusion, and develops his own original conception of the self as essential to our ownership of our experience and our apprehension of the world.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780199550135
ISBN-10: 0199550131
Format: Paperback
(228mm x 153mm x 23mm)
Pages: 414
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 6-Nov-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Richard Sorabji presents a fascinating study of Gandhi's philosophy in comparison with Christian and Stoic thought. He shows that Gandhi was a true philosopher, who not only aimed to give a consistent self-critical rationale for his views, but also thought himself obliged to live by what he taught.

Talking Philosophy by Richard Sorabji Talking Philosophy, Hardback (November 2015)

Talking Philosophy is as much a recollection of Sorabjis childhood and his scholarly life at Oxford as it is a philosophical reflection on issues as varied and complex as whether animals have reason or whether Gandhi could be considered an ethical role model.

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Author Biography - Richard Sorabji

Richard Sorabji is Fellow and Emeritus Professor of Ancient Philosophy at King's College London and Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford. Besides co-editing The Ethics of War: Shared Problems in Different Traditions, and editing seventy volumes so far of The Ancient Commentators on Aristotle, he is the author of Aristotle on Memory; Necessity, Cause and Blame; Time, Creation and the Continuum; Matter, Space and Motion; Animal Minds and Human Morals; and Emotion and Peace of Mind.

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