Der Frosch und die Kürbisflasche

Der Frosch und die Kürbisflasche

Eine philosophische Kurzgeschichte (Fiktion)

© xaratustrah, the angling philosopher – 2020-12-01, update: 2021-06-03

Die Spuren verlaufen ununterbrochen auf einem Teppichboden aus winzigen Steinen. Sie wirken wie eingefrorene Wellen zwischen größeren Steinbrocken, die wie Inseln aus einem gigantischen Meer herausragen. Der Zen-Garten ist aber nicht groß, etwa zwanzig Schritte in der Breite entlang der Terrasse des Tempels, wo ich schon seit über eine halbe Stunde in so etwas wie einem Lotussitz hinter ihrer hölzernen Schwelle sitze. Bis zur hinteren Wand des Gartens ist es auch nicht weit. Dort grenzt das Grundstück der Tempelanlage an eine schmale, grünbewachsene Gasse, die als Zugang zum Nachbartempel dient.

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“Know Thyself!”

“Know Thyself!”
Exploring self and self-consciousness from A (like Avicenna) to Z (like Zahavi)

© xaratustrah, the angling philosopher – 2021-04-14

Abstract

The notion of self and self-consciousness (self-awareness) is one of the most fundamental concepts in the philosophy in general and in the philosophy of mind in particular. The presence of a self, in particular an enduring self, as a reference of first personal indexical expressions has been debated while the reality of self-consciousness has been widely accepted. Philosophers of different epochs have responded to this question with a multitude of approaches, often similar in structure or line of argumentation. In the present work, I examine the epistemological tools relevant for the study of self and self-consciousness. After studying a few current and historical examples, I will figure out how a phenomenological examination can lead to both a better understanding of the concept of self-consciousness as well as the concept of self. Finally, I will discuss the strengths and limitations of the mentioned phenomenological method.

Keywords: self, self-consciousness, self-awareness, Zahavi, Avicenna, Dignaga, phenomenology

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Transience and the digital graveyard

Today I have a heavy backpack. A backpack full of memories of the past in form of papers. After deciding to move to a new flat, it turned out that I have a huge collection of hand-written notes from my undergrad and graduate times. Even more interesting were the notes I found made by 10 or 11 year old myslef, which I had saved in the basement all these years.

So what to do with them anyway? I would never ever need these notes again, if at all, every couple of years, I would take them out and get nostalgic about the efforts I had put on writing them, then put them back again into the basement.

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