The Self Does Not Exist

… Or why if it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, and looks like a duck, it is not really a duck.

The Self Does Not Exist

One of the targets of the Postmodernist philosophers is subjectivity, particularly Jean-Paul Sartre’s conception. They have tried to annihilate the concept, but try as they may, good ol’ commonsense says nay.

These fools (and that tosser Wittgenstein) deny the existence of a self because it is (totally) socially constructed. This is rather odd; it is though they believe there is a perfect other-world where social construction does not exist, that this other-world is the ‘true world’, not this one (Platonism, anyone?). It is precisely because the self is socially constructed* that it does exist. Although I could try to fool myself through ‘reason’ that I have no self-experience, my senses would not oblige. More to the point, the self is not narrowly socially-constructed, but ‘worldly-constructed’. It is through my engagement with the world, my being-in-the-world, that I come to recognise a self. This self is real, not the non-self of Postmodernist fantasy worlds.

*The self is socially constructed at the highest level (self-identity). At lower, more biological levels the self (not self-identity, but the most basic sense of self) exists without social interaction, but not without interaction with the world. The simplest of organisms evidence behaviour which can be attributable to a sense of self, even if they lack cognition of self-identity.

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    […] This is rather odd; it is though they believe there is a perfect other-world where social construction does not exist, that this other-world is the ‘true’ world, not this one. It is precisely because the self is socially constructed … The Self Does Not Exist […]

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