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Reflections On How We Live$
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Annette Baier

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199570362

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199570362.001.0001

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How to Get to Know One’s Own Mind

How to Get to Know One’s Own Mind

Some Simple Ways

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(p.128) 7 How to Get to Know One’s Own Mind
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Reflections On How We Live
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Annette C. Baier

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199570362.003.0007

This chapter discusses the facts about the mind, which describes how a person's intellect is different from others. It describes David Hume's theory on consciousness, which implies that consciousness gives a lively conception of the identity of a person that it is impossible for anything to go beyond consciousness. Humes explains that the ability to transform mere ideas of other people's joys and sorrows into sympathetic feelings by supposing that the excess liveliness of self-perception spills over into ideas of others' experiences, inspire mere ideas of feelings into fellow feelings.

Keywords:   mind, intellect, David Hume, consciousness, sympathetic feelings, self-perception, fellow feelings

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