Problems of the Self: An Essay Based on the Shaw Lectures Given in the University of Edinburgh, March 1914

Problems of the Self: An Essay Based on the Shaw Lectures Given in the University of Edinburgh, March 1914

Problems of the Self: An Essay Based on the Shaw Lectures Given in the University of Edinburgh, March 1914

Problems of the Self: An Essay Based on the Shaw Lectures Given in the University of Edinburgh, March 1914

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This volume makes the attempt to consider a group of problems which offer an unceasing challenge to philosophers, and the catchword 'Psychology without a Soul' gives the best general indication of the type of problem discussed. The aim of the enquiry as a whole is to show why there must be a soul, and in what sense precisely this soul should be understood. A complete or final answer to such a question is, of course, unattainable until the day when all speculative problems have found their solution; but the labours of philosophers and psychologists in recent years have made it possible to appreciate most of the important questions at issue with a clearer understanding than at earlier times, and permit the hope that an enquiry which keeps both the earlier and the more recent literature constantly in mind, need not be altogether fruitless.

One of the principal difficulties of this investigation is that so much of the relevant literature consists either of merely negative arguments, or else of discussions which are undertaken from a somewhat different point of view. It is not enough to prove the absurdity of a 'Psychology without a Soul,'

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