What holds a single mind together - if anything?
This session will further delve into the notion of the self, an area of philosophy in which, according to Galen Strawson, 'problems of communication proliferate like rabbits'.
The first reading is a classic statement on the issue of personal identity by David Hume [masked]). It's in Book I, Part IV of The Treatise of Human Nature. The text is widely and freely available on-line as HTML or PDF, with a clear version on http://www.gutenberg.org/files/4705/4705-h/4705-h.htm#link2H_APPE
Hume subsequently retracted his argument, but felt unable to supply a better one - possibly encapsulating much of the problem. The 'retraction' is in the Appendix to The Treatise, both on Gutenberg but also handily on http://ebooks.adelaide.edu.au/h/hume/david/h92t/appendix.html
For those who want to look in more detail at the grounds for the retraction, David Pears (amongst many others) has explored this, both in his 1963 Symposium on Hume, but more recently and in more depth in 'Hume on Personal Identity', Hume Studies, Vol XIX, No. 2, November 1993 (on-line).
The second reading is from our old friend Galen Strawson. 'The Self', Journal of Consciousness Studies, 4 5/6 (1997), freely available on line at the journal's website. This summarises a range of arguments and opens the door to some phenomenological language that might invite us further in .....
He replies to his critics in 'The Self and SESMET' in the same journal in 1999, for those who'd like to pursue him a little more.