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The purpose of this quantity is to ascertain a couple of varied theories of the self explicitly set out in, or implied by way of, the paintings of Descartes, Hume, Kant, Max Stirner, Heidegger, Sartre, and R.D. Laing. The seven theorists are divided into camps representing exceptionally assorted faculties of concept. the 1st workforce, along with Descartes, Hume, Kant, Sartre and Stirner, represents a convention that has ruled western philosophy given that Descartes, and the writer argues that, even if those 5 range in lots of methods, they percentage convinced ways and a dualism that significantly impacts their theories of the self. the second one workforce, which includes Heidegger and Laing, represents a thorough departure from the culture and a rejection of the method shared via its individuals, and therefore a really various realizing of selfhood.

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Presentists who are not extreme presentists have never been able to offer any analysis of such a past-tense operator, and because of this, they cannot offer any grounds for holding that that operator generates non-extensional contexts. Here, however, we can ignore the fact that the non-extreme presentist is unable to offer any account of the meaning of “It was the case that” when interpreted as a non-extensional past-tense operator, and simply say that, given that “It was the case that” expresses, for the non-extreme presentist, a non-extensional operator, it follows that (1*) does not entail (2*) (∃x)[(x = Socrates) & It was the case that (It is now 400 BCE & x is now a philosopher)] Nor does (1*) entail (2), for then non-extreme presentism would be self-contradictory.

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3 DISAGREEMENTS CONCERNING SENTENCES ABOUT NON-PRESENT STATES OF AFFAIRS Consider the following two pairs of sentences: (1a) (2a) Socrates was a philosopher in 400 BCE. There exists (tenselessly) a person who is identical with Socrates and who was a philosopher in 400 BCE. (1b) There were dinosaurs. 32 Michael Tooley (2b) There are (tenselessly) dinosaurs. Extreme presentists hold that the propositions expressed by these four sentences are all false, whereas the other three types of presentists hold that the fi rst sentence of each pair expresses a true proposition, but that the second sentence does not.

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