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Bernard J. Baars

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780195102659

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195102659.001.1

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The Director: Self as The Unifyingcontext of Consciousness

The Director: Self as The Unifyingcontext of Consciousness

In the Theater of Consciousness

Bernard J. Baars

Oxford University Press

This chapter argues that the “self” of everyday life can be seen as a context that maintains long-term stability in our experiences and actions. Over many different situations we still manage to maintain a sense of predictability about who and what we are. A review of “disorders of self” such as multiple personality disorder shows that any fundamental changes in one's expectations and intentions are experienced as self-alien.

Keywords:   self, Gilbert Ryle, homunculus, personal experience, depersonalization, consciousness

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