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Theories of Self
This paper compares Hume's and Kant's theories of self.
# 53170 | 1,905 words | 3 sources | APA | 2004 | US
Published on Oct 15, 2004 in Philosophy (History - 18th Century)

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This paper explains that both Kant and Hume argue that there is no sense of self, but that people only have an incorrect impression that there is one; while the outcome is the same, it can be seen that the method of arriving at the conclusion is different. The author points out that, in Hume's case, the sense of self is rejected because there is no impression that can result in the idea of the self. The paper states that, in Kant's case, the sense of self is rejected because the mind cannot experience itself or reflect on itself, since the self would have to be involved in that reflection.

From the Paper:

"Hume also rejects the idea of the soul saying, "nor is there any single power of the soul, which remains unalterably the same, perhaps for one moment" (Hume, Book I, Part IV). Hume then goes on to explain why people tend to think they have a sense of self, by describing the tendency of the human mind to link things together. Hume's theory is that the mind wants to link things, including wanting thought itself to be one linked item. The mind then invents the idea of a sense of self as a means of linking itself. In Hume's view, this is a means of tricking oneself into believing that one's thoughts are continuous, when in fact they are not. Overall then, in Hume's view there is no real sense of self. Instead, there is just a bundle of impressions, which the mind tricks itself into believing is one continuously existing object."

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