First, briefly lay out Dennett’s account of the self as it constructed through a narrative. What might this narrative structure mean for a person that has multiple personality disorder? Second, give a brief comparison with James Giles ‘no-self theory’ that you read last week. Finally, and following from your responses to the two previous questions, should a person prefer Giles’ or Dennett’s account of the self? Provide reasons for your decision and list some possible advantages, and disadvantages, of your choice.
Required Reading: Daniel C. Dennett, “The Origins of Selves” (PDF)
Recommended Reading: TED Talk – Daniel Dennett and the Illusion of Consciousness (Weblink); SEP, “Physicalism” – Introduction & Sections 1, 2, 10, 11, & 12 (Weblink). Must be cited and at least 300 wds not includingcited
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