The Primacy of Space in Heidegger and Taylor: Towards a unified account of personal identity

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My aim is to explore how the notion of personhood is tied to the notion of space--both physical and moral space. In particular, I argue against the Cartesian view of the disengaged/disembodied self and in favour of Charles Taylor's and Martin Heidegger's view of the engaged and embedded self. I contend that space, as the transcendental condition for the possibility of human agency, is the place where questions of identity are possible and answers, if any, are to be found. Thus, personal identity and space are inexorably tied and dependent on one another.
Keywords Background  dwelling  fourfold  Martin Heidegger  Mitda-sein  personal identity  self  space  Charles Taylor
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