The Naked Self: Kierkegaard and Personal Identity

2016.03.03 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Patrick Stokes, The Naked Self: Kierkegaard and Personal Identity, Oxford University Press, 2015, 256pp., $70.00 (hbk), ISBN
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2016.03.03 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Patrick Stokes, The Naked Self: Kierkegaard and Personal Identity, Oxford University Press, 2015, 256pp., $70.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780198732730. Reviewed by Alastair Hannay, University of Oslo Confronted with the radical changes any human being undergoes between infancy and dotage we can see the point in separating the personage from the self that we reckon on having been there all along. The former is what figures in biographies (and obituaries), the more elusive self-same self being reserved for its own point of view — as when we assume first memories revive experiences of a self that we still are. Of The Naked Self its author says that “central to [its] entire trajectory” is the distinction between “our phenomenal sense of self and our reflective awareness of being a particular person” (p. 22). Note that it is the self’s own sense of being that particular person that is distinguished from whatever self. . .

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