The self is a semiotic process
Author: Pickering J.
Source: Journal of Consciousness Studies, Volume 6, Number 4, 1999 , pp. 31-47(17)
Publisher: Imprint Academic
Galen Strawson (1997) accepts that the common experience of being a social self is of something that continues through time. However, he excludes this from what the self means in a stricter ontological sense. Here I will argue that this experience of self as enduring can be taken to be ontologically real as well. I will suggest that selfhood arises from the assimilation of cultural signs by a semiotic process that is a fundamental aspect of nature. I will also consider how the phenomenological encounter with the self is conditioned by prior beliefs and their ethical entailments.
Document Type: Research article
Affiliations: Psychology Department, Warwick University, Coventry, CV4 7AL, UK. Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
Publication date: 1999-01-01