Emergencies and Emergent Selves

Felicity Haynes

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Marshall's (1999) article used Wittgenstein to argue that self functions as an explanation for a name rather than a referent. This brief response tries to rescue Marshall from an apparent reduction of self to material body without returning him to the mind/body dualism that he, with Wittgenstein and Dennett, seeks to avoid. It treats ‘I’ as an emergent institutional fact, not inconsistent with a constructed explanation or narrative, but emerging from shared social practices rather than an abstracted agent.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)343-347
JournalEducational Philosophy and Theory
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2005


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