The Early Modern Subject: Self-Consciousness and Personal Identity from Descartes to Hume by Udo Thiel [Book Review]

Hume Studies 40 (2):301-304 (2014)

Anik Waldow
University of Sydney
This monograph is an important book for anyone interested in the topic of consciousness and personal identity in early modern thought. It offers a rich overview of the vast array of writers reflecting on seventeenth- and eighteenth-century conceptions of persons, their responsibilities, the issue of immortality, and the development of an account of consciousness based on the way in which minds relate to their own thoughts and feelings. It traces the lines of influence from the scholastic background to Descartes and through French, Scottish, and German debates on consciousness and personhood. The book thus represents an impressive attempt at offering a complete account of the different ideas that were passed...
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