The Self and Its Shadows: A Book of Essays on Individuality as Negation in Philosophy and the Arts

2014.05.22 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Stephen Mulhall, The Self and Its Shadows: A Book of Essays on Individuality as Negation in Philosophy and the Arts, Oxford
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2014.05.22 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Stephen Mulhall, The Self and Its Shadows: A Book of Essays on Individuality as Negation in Philosophy and the Arts, Oxford University Press, 2013, 327pp., $65.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780199661787. Reviewed by Daniel D. Hutto, University of Hertfordshire Here's a riddle for you: When are you ever properly yourself? An answer: When you are not yourself. Phenomenological and existential thinkers who are attracted to this answer to the puzzle about personal identity maintain that we should conceive of selfhood as a sort of nothingness. Accordingly, to be a self is not to be some kind of entity. Selves are not essences or egos -- not some sort of subjective pearls -- that continue or persist though changes. Selves are not what remain constant; they are always in flux. Against the backdrop of classical thinking about identity and difference this view of the self is "apparently paradoxical or perverse". . .

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