Understanding the Self: Mary Midgley, Jonathan Rée, Raymond Tallis

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Date(s) - 28/02/2014
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

New Academic Building (NAB) Wolfson Theatre


Understanding the Self

Friday 28 February, 6.30-8pm

Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE

Mary Midgley, philosopher and writer. She
is the author of Are you an illusion?

Jonathan Rée, philosopher, writer and historian.
He is a regular contributor to the London Review of
Books, the Times Literary Supplement, Prospect,
The Independent and The Guardian

Raymond Tallis, writer, philosopher and former
physician and scientist. He is the author of Reflections
of a Metaphysical Flaneur and Other Essays.

Chair: Danielle Sands, Visiting Lecturer, Department of
English, QMUL and Forum for European Philosophy Fellow

What is the self? Should we turn to philosophy, psychology
or science in order to better understand it? Does the
self even exist? In this panel, three thinkers respond to
scientific claims that the self is an illusion, exposing the
philosophical problems which such claims conceal. Returning
us instead to the experience of selfhood, the speakers will
discuss alternatives both to reductive scientific accounts
and to traditional philosophical concepts of the self.

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