The Self

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Marquette University Press, 1988 - Philosophy - 34 pages
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Kenny's book covers the philosophical concept of the self.

He concentrates here on two of the roots of "self" - the epistemological root and the psychological root. Saying: "The myth of the self takes different forms in accordance with the root from which it takes its growth."

In his introduction Kenny notes:

"It is not poets and dramatists, but philosophers who are most given to talking about the self. The Oxford English Dictionary lists a special philosophical sense of the word ""self"" which it defines as follows:

That which in a person is really and intrinsically he (in contradistinction to what is adventitious); the ego (often identified with the soul or mind as opposed to the body); a permanent subject of successive and varying states of consciousness.

It is the purpose of this lecture to claim that the self of the philosophers is a mythical entity, and so likewise is the self of the poets and dramatists to the extent to which it is modelled on the philosophers' myth."

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About the author (1988)

Anthony Kenny was born on March 16, 1931 and was educated at St. Francis Xavier's College, Liverpool, and then at St. Joseph's College, Upholland. In 1949 he went to the Venerable English College in Rome where he took the licentiate in philosophy in 1952 and the licentiate in theology in 1956. He was ordained to the Roman Catholic priesthood in 1955 and laicised in 1963. From 1964 to 1978 he was a fellow of Balliol College, Oxford and twice senior tutor. He has been Master of Balliol College since 1978.

He was elected to the British Academy in 1974 and the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 1979. He has been the Wilde Lecturer in Natural Religion at Oxford (1969-72) and Gifford Lecturer at the University of Edinburgh (1972-73). From 1980 to 1983 he held the Speaker's Lectureship in Biblical Studies at Oxford and was the Stanton Lecturer at Cambridge. He was Visiting Professor at the University of Minnesota in 1982. In 1982 he received an honorary degree from Bristol, and he will become Warden of Rhodes House, Oxford, in October, 1989.

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