Why Does the World Exist?: An Existential Detective Story - Chapter 14-15, The Self: Do I really Exist?, Return to Nothingness, Epilogue: Over the Seine Summary & Analysis

Jim Holt
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Chapter 14-15, The Self: Do I really Exist?, Return to Nothingness, Epilogue: Over the Seine Summary and Analysis

Holt believes he has a proof that there must be something rather than nothing, but only if the universe is through and through an infinite mediocrity. But what explains what he, Holt, exists within it? The probability that he exists is extremely low, at least as a special person and not just a case of the species homo sapiens. Maybe he is something other than a purely biological being. Or perhaps there is no sense to this "I" term we use to refer to ourselves. Descartes thought the former, Hume the latter. Philosophers still disagree. Some think the self is the same as consciousness and self-consciousness. We are both the subject and object...

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