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Jean-Yves Lacoste

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198827146

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198827146.001.0001

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From Present Self to Future Self

From Present Self to Future Self

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(p.152) 8 From Present Self to Future Self
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The Appearing of God
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Jean-Yves Lacoste

Oliver O’Donovan

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198827146.003.0008

Personal identity is an event, and the personal subject’s relation to itself is characterized by temporal “distension.” The metaphysical concept of personal “substance” tried ineffectively to define the self in ahistorical terms, but could “substance” be tied to “history”? With the help of eschatology it could, for the self could be fully known to itself under eschatological conditions in a “recapitulation” by which it becomes its own becoming. The definitive, like the provisional, has to be thought of as “happening.” “Post-existence” would be eternal happening, a present recovery of what has formed its way of existing, and in continuing receptivity. Is the concept of “I,” the personal subject, adequate to such an eschatological destiny? We can think more coherently of a “post-existence” by replacing the concept of “consciousness” with “opening.”

Keywords:   self-identity, distension, personal substance, history, eschatology

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