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.

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About middleeuropeanmelancholy

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