The Riddle Of The Self – Mikhailov

In this post, we will see the book The Riddle Of The Self by F. T. Mikhailov.

Mikhailov-the-riddle-of-the-self-fcAbout the book:

The question of consciousness, of its relation to being cannot in principle be reduced to a particular scientific problem of the correlation of mental and physiological processes or to a problem of the reception, processing and production of information. The essence of this problem is not what happens under my skull when I calculate the trajectory of a flight to the stars, but what in philosophy is called the question of the identity of thought and being. How is it possible that a person can mentally chart the road to the stars? How and why can he, in his thoughts, conceive of the existence of the Universe? How can the infinity of time and space be contained in the in­stant of their realisation in consciousness? This is the key question of the human ability to set goals. And unless one knows one’s way through the two thousand years history of solutions to this question, one will have little chance of even framing a correct approach to any partic­ular problem of the relation between mind and brain.
That is why I have called this book The Riddle of the Self. By suggesting that the Self, the Ego presents a rid­dle I imply that there may be many different ways of tackling it. This book is not a calm and consistent academic expo­sition of compiled knowledge. It is more like a not very good transcript of a heated debate. And it is not in itself the answer to the riddle, but a discussion of how the prob­lem should be stated. It is about the method that should be used in the search.

The book was published by Progress in 1980 and was translated from the Russian by Robert Daglish. The book was designed by Vadim Kuleshov.

PDF | OCR | Bookmarked | Cover | 265 pp. | 3.2 MB

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CONTENTS

Page FOREWORD 7

INTRODUCTION 1
1. Where Is the Self? 11
2. “I” See and “I” Understand 20

CHAPTER ONE. CLEAR APPROACHES AND DEAD-ENDS 25

1. What Is Knowledge 25
2. Something About “Something” 48
3. When Is Kant Right? 72
4. Towards a Solution 82

CHAPTER TWO. SOCIAL AND INDIVIDUAL CONSCIOUSNESS 95

1. Bertrand Russell’s Mistake 95
2. Individual and Social (Hegel versus Russell) 106
3. The End of the Mind-Body Problem 115
4. Dreams of the Kurshskaya 142
5. The Substance of History 156

CHAPTER THREE. MAN AND HIS THOUGHT 181

1. Life Source of the Self 181
2. The Language of Real Life 188
3. When Consciousness Is Conscious of Itself 199
4. The Real Life of Language 211
5. Language and Consciousness 231

THE RIDDLE ANSWERED 250

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