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What’s missing in episodic selfhood? A Kierkegaardian response to Galen Strawson

Stokes, Patrick 2010, What’s missing in episodic selfhood? A Kierkegaardian response to Galen Strawson, Journal of consciousness studies, vol. 17, no. 1-2, pp. 119-143.

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Title What’s missing in episodic selfhood? A Kierkegaardian response to Galen Strawson
Author(s) Stokes, PatrickORCID iD for Stokes, Patrick orcid.org/0000-0001-9574-6064
Journal name Journal of consciousness studies
Volume number 17
Issue number 1-2
Start page 119
End page 143
Total pages 25
Publisher Imprint Academic
Place of publication Devon, England
Publication date 2010-02
ISSN 1355-8250
2051-2201
Keyword(s) Kierkegaard
Galen Strawson
self-experience
Summary Galen Strawson has articulated a spectrum of 'temporal temperaments' populated at one end by 'Diachronics,' who experience their selves (understood as a 'present mental entity') as persisting across time, and at the other end by 'Episodics', who lack this sense of temporal extension. Strawson provides lucid descriptions of Episodic self-experience, and further argues that nothing normatively significant depends upon Diachronicity. Thus, neither temperament is inherently preferable. However, this last claim requires a non-reductive phenomenology of Diachronicity that Strawson does not supply. I offer Kierkegaard's account of 'contemporaneity' as a candidate for this missing phenomenology of Diachronic self-experience. Kierkegaard offers a compelling description of Diachronic self-experience that offers more parsimonious explanations for certain puzzling features of Episodicity than Strawson's account does. Yet Kierkegaard's account is irreducibly normative in character; if Strawsonians reject this account of Diachronicity, they must either provide another, normatively-neutral one, or abandon neutrality between Episodicity and Diachronicity.
Language eng
Field of Research 220311 Philosophical Psychology (incl Moral Psychology and Philosophy of Action)
220309 Metaphysics
Socio Economic Objective 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30063323

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Humanities and Social Sciences
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