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Conceptual and experiential estrangement of the self - a neo-Fregean elucidation

C W van Staden
South African Journal of Psychiatry | Vol 12, No 2 | a60 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajpsychiatry.v12i2.60 | © 2006 C W van Staden | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 03 March 2008 | Published: 01 June 2006

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C W van Staden, Department of Psychiatry, University of Pretoria, South Africa

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Abstract

Reductionist and non-reductionist philosophers and mental health professionals have debated about what and where the self is. In this article I deploy a neo-Fregean theory to clarify the process by which: (i) the self becomes so susceptible to this debate; and (ii) the self presents so variably in personal experiences. Accordingly, the self can be either estranged or well equipped, depending on the position it occupies in relations, whether in the conceptualisation or in the personal experiences of the self.

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