A Realist Argument for the Self: Emotions and Consciousness in Self-Making

Oberg, Andrew Ryan (2019) A Realist Argument for the Self: Emotions and Consciousness in Self-Making. Doctoral thesis, University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

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Abstract

The question of the self, of what the self is (or even if there is a self) has been one that has grown alongside humanity, one that has haunted humanity, throughout our collective history. It is the purpose of this study to add to that questioning, and to attempt a small contribution to a field that has been as widely covered as it is perplexing. We will undertake this effort by firstly examining some common and representative accounts of the self and what they pertain, and with that as background we will move into the interdisciplinary areas of psychological and neuroscientific concerns regarding the self. We will discover the central role that emotions and intuition play in self formation and function. Applying those lessons philosophically we will build on our (hopefully achieved) foundation and offer a unique definition of the self. Thereby finding phenomenological matters to be of importance, we will next examine two self accounts from those quarters as possible objections to our own, and too conduct a review of phenomenological methodology. Taking that as guide we will explore consciousness and its relation to the self in some depth before finally proposing a metaphysical manner in which the self on our definition might be judged to be realist. With all of the preceding as grounding we will then analyze time for our self-view and suggest that if one’s self is to be a personal work – a creation – rather than an accident of happenstance then it is out of the perspective on time whence it will come into fruition. Throughout these necessarily broad but deeply interrelated considerations we will strive to maintain a practical approach and limit ourselves only to the human case.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Consciousness,emotions, intuition, phenomenology, the self
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Divisions: Theses and Dissertations > Doctoral Theses
Depositing User: Sandra Stedman
Date Deposited: 03 Feb 2020 15:50
Last Modified: 03 Feb 2020 15:50
URI: http://repository.uwtsd.ac.uk/id/eprint/1183

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