The Other

I was going to try to give a brief rundown on some philosophies and my take on their take on what I see as three major issues, in the following order:

  1. The Subject-Object distinction
  2. The problem of the personal body
  3. The problem of ‘other selves’

However, “Am I my own other?” , a new post on Andy Jackson’s blog, has led me to tackle 3. first.

For the philosophies (together known as Dualism ) that subscribe to 1. i.e. make a hard distinction between subject and object, mind and matter, inner consciousness and external world, the issues of 2. (the body) and 3. (other selves) seem to raise a profound ambiguity (not to say contradiction) which needs to be accounted for.

My response will be to dive straight into the deep end of Merleau-Ponty’s book “Phenomenology of Perception”, namely the chapter (Part II, 4) Other Selves and the Human World, with a potted summary and extensive quotes.

But that will have to wait for next time.

About middleeuropeanmelancholy

64 year old Australian born male. Into travel, poetry, philosophy, music, popular physics, mathematics (especially topology)...
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