Does the Subject of Experience Exist in the World?
Article first published online: 29 MAY 2007
Philosophy and Phenomenological Research
Volume 71, Issue 1, page 124, July 2005
How to Cite
BOND, E. J. (2005), Does the Subject of Experience Exist in the World?. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, 71: 124. doi: 10.1111/j.1933-1592.2005.tb00433.x
- Issue published online: 29 MAY 2007
- Article first published online: 29 MAY 2007
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In this paper I attempt to show, by considering a number of sources, including Wittgenstein, Sartre, Thomas Nagel and Spinoza, but also adding something crucial of my own, that it is impossible to construe the subject of experience as an object among other objects in the world. My own added argument is the following. the subject of experience cannot move in time along with material events and processes or it could not be aware of the passage of time, hence neither of change nor of motion. the subject cannot therefore be identified with any neural process, function, or location since whatever goes on in the CNS is necessarily objective and part of the temporal flux. However this does not imply any form of dualism for experiences exist only for the subject whose experiences they are and hence they have no objective reality.