Problems Of The Self - Bernard Williams

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This book is a fascinating read, for anyone with an interest in metaphysical questions such as that of the nature of the self.

What is it to be me? How do I know I am me?

It may sound a bit esoteric, but these are fascinating and important questions. If someone else stole your identity, you would want to be able to prove you are the real you!

Williams uses fascinating thought experiments to tease apart exactly what our notion of self is. As with any intuition, it is hard to see exactly what constitutes identity. Is it the physical, is it the mental, or some combination of these and other qualities.

Or perhaps we are merely a bundle of perceptions in the Humean sense, and the concept of identity is not really there, but merely a convenient human construct.

This is a fascinating and thought provoking read, highly recommended for those studying philosophy and identity, and for those looking for a stimulating read. This book is accessible to any audience that is prepared to think.

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