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The Practices of the Self

Charles Larmore


What is the nature of the fundamental relation we have to ourselves that makes each of us a self? To answer this question, this book develops a systematic theory of the self, challenging the widespread view that the self's defining relation to itself is to have an immediate knowledge of its own thoughts. On the contrary, the book maintains, our essential relation to ourselves is practical, as is clear when we consider the nature of belief and desire. For to believe or desire something consists in committing ourselves to thinking and acting in accord with the presumed truth of our belief or the ... More

Keywords: self, ourselves, belief, desire, thinking, acting, Montaigne, Stendhal, Proust, self-creation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780226468877
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226468549.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Charles Larmore, author