Ehman's Naturalism

Review of Metaphysics 17 (1):135-140 (1963)
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My quarrel is with Ehman's third and concluding section. There he undertakes a confrontation of the two conceptions of the self developed in his preceding argument. "We must decide," he says, "whether the self is reducible to a determinate object in the world or is a transcending subject for which both the world and the self's own determinate nature are mere objects". But the self can never be reduced to a mere object, for the self "can detach itself in thought and will from every objective determination" --a power one would hardly wish to ascribe to a mere object. Thus



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