Re: The Missing Self

Robert Parks (
Wed, 16 Apr 1997 19:55:30 -0500

Gary, your interpretation is interesting.

>I offer the proposition that there is no 'self.' It's just a
>distinction we distinguish, in language, to indicate something about the
>unity, essence or totality of our living physical presence.

I'm not sure what you mean by there not being a "self". Do you mean
something like what Tim said - that the self is a form of motion or
interaction (of our bodies in interaction with others') that we identify by
the label "self"?

>it appears to be a distinction we
>employ only with respect to us humans, not any other creatures.

Yes, it appears that we employ the term with respect to humans. The term
"person" is useful in identifying those creatures which have selves.