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The Philosophy of the Self

"We are never intimately conscious of anything but a particular perception; man is a bundle or collection of different perceptions which succeed one another with an inconceivable rapidity and are in perpetual flux and movement” – David Hume

In Life of Theseus Ancient Greek philosopher and essayist Plutarch, formulated the Theseus Paradox. The paradox asks the question of whether or not an object that has had all of its components replaced remains the same. Is, for example, an axe the same axe if both its head and its handle have been replaced? The paradox can be used in the case of the self. Am I the same person I was as a child if my body and circumstances have entirely regenerated? If we assume that we are the same person, then what is the immaterial substance of this self? Are we, as Hume suggests, a bundle of parts in flux?

Our assumptions about the self, inform everything that we think and do, from our relationships with others, to the life we seek to lead, the person we hope to be, and the aspirations we harbor. Join us for a salon in which we explore some of the most mysterious and significant questions that humanity has perennially pondered, on the nature and substance of the self, to better understand ourselves and each other.

The evening will include a drinks reception, a tour of the Norn Georgian townhouse, and salon conversation in the company of new friends.

RSVP to this salon is required:

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Later Event: November 25
On Urban Architecture