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Human Beings Have No Identical Self

Dr. Desh Raj Sirswal


David Hume discusses that human beings have no identical self in his book A Treatise of Human Nature. He says that self is not the subject of perception ; thought experiences itself and no need for such kind of idea like self. He adopted classical exposition of positivist theory  with reference to  the problem of personal identity.  Hume adopted purely sceptical and empirical explanation and does not give any satisfactory solution for the problem of personal identity. Although, he opens new lines of thought and emphasizes that no system of thought is ultimate, nothing is better than the spirit of enquiry, which gave a great effect on modern era of thinking.

Published : “Humans Beings Have No Identical Self” in Proceedings of the 20th Conference of All Orissa Philosophy Association, Centre of Advanced Study in Philosophy, Utkal University, Bhubneswar,2008, pp.198-210.

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