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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Year Degree Awarded
Month Degree Awarded
Vanessa de Harven
Metaphysics | Philosophy
The Rationalist conception of the self identifies the subject, the “I”, as a “captain” wielding autonomous rational authority over his subservient attitudes and behaviors—his “crew”. I argue that such a conception of the self is metaphysically untenable and that its practical and ethical ramifications are unattractive. In its place I recommend an alternative, Holistic, “Crew of Captains” conception of the self, and explain its metaphysical, practical and ethical advantages.
rosen, jonathan, "Me, Myself and I: Reflections on Self-Consciousness and Authority" (2017). Doctoral Dissertations. 1091.