…as a Centre of Narrative Gravity

Daniel Dennett:
“…it does seem that we are all virtuoso novelists, who find ourselves engaged in all sorts of behaviours, more or less unified, but sometimes disunified, and we always put the best ‘faces’ on it we can. We try to make all of our material cohere into a single good story. And that story is our autobiography.”

“The chief fictional character at the centre of that autobiography is one’s self. And if you still want to know what the self really is, you’re making a category mistake. After all, when a human being’s behavioural control system becomes seriously impaired, it can turn out that the best hermeneutical story we can tell about that individual says that there is more than one’s character ‘inhabiting’ that body.”

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