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The Mess InsideNarrative, Emotion, and the Mind$
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Peter Goldie

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199230730

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199230730.001.0001

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The Narrative Sense of Self

The Narrative Sense of Self

(p.117) 6 The Narrative Sense of Self
The Mess Inside

Peter Goldie

Oxford University Press

Chapter 6 is about the narrative sense of self: the sense that we have of ourselves as having a narratable past and future. It is argued that the narrative sense of self is not at all the same thing as a sense of a narrative self. There is no interesting notion of a narrative self: a self that is in some way constituted by the narratives that we tell about our lives. The narrative sense of self is separate from questions of personal identity — one’s narrative sense of self as is conceived here it really has no direct connection with the metaphysical question of one’s numerical identity over time, although the narrative sense of self presupposes it.

Keywords:   narrative identity, personal identity, past, future, Schechtman

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