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Discovery Of The Self Essay

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Philosophy originates from the Latin words Philo and Sophia meaning 'love of wisdom'. This love of wisdom doesn't always come easy, and often students of philosophy will question everything they previously knew, but questioning is the precise purpose of philosophy. Sometimes the answers aren't always there, and everyone's answers are not the same; this is the joy of philosophy. An important aspect of philosophy is the aspect of the self. In the textbook Philosophies for Living, edited by Robert Timko and Joan Hoff, various authors provide contrasting sets of ideas and beliefs pertaining to the self. It is my goal that through this essay, the reader will be able to understand my viewpoints and answers, based on textual citations from the before mentioned textbook, to the six following questions as they connect with the self: What is the self, what is the relationship of the me to the self, how is the self discovered/encountered, what makes the discovery of the self challenging, what aspects of the self were for me the most challenging, and what are the obstacles to the discovery of the self? These six questions will describe the nature of my encounter with the various components of the phenomenon addressed in the text known as "The Self".
To begin the analysis of the self, one first has to define what is the self, and it's relationship to the "me"? In the section Discovering The Nature of Our Human Self The Biblical Judaic Christian view of man is introduced as expressed in the King James Version of the Bible. This view of the self is a dualistic view that is caught between the divine and the material worlds (King James 40). The book introduces three chapters from the Judaic Christian view that frames what has commonly become the western idea of the self. The books: Genesis 1:26-28, Psalm 8, and 1 Corinthians 15:35-44 introduce this belief of the self. While the idea that humans have a physical, "animal body", in both the Old and New Testaments of the Bible, they also claim that human nature is superior to animal nature. Human's have a dualistic self, divine and material, and are made in God's image. Even though we are made out of the same matter as the animals we are granted domain over them because the possession of potential wisdom of our own mortality and limitations in power and goodness. The connection to the animals shows the material aspect of the self, while the conscious awareness belongs to the soul and divine aspect of the self, and the soul is what is the "image" of God that we are created in; this is the view of the self from the Judaic Christians. Although this ideology of the self is valid to anyone who wishes to believe in it, I would refute this view of the self with one known from the Akan philosophy of the self. Briefly, this view of the self consists of three portions of the self. In the section African Dualism, Kwame Gyekye tells us about the interactions of soul, spirit, and body. He explains that although our soul may...

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