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Nothingness and DesireA Philosophical Antiphony$
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James W. Heisig

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780824838850

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824838850.001.0001

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Self and No-Self

Self and No-Self

(p.29) Self and No-Self (p.30)
Nothingness and Desire

James W. Heisig

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter analyzes the notions of self and no-self. The usual way of understanding the notion of no-self has been to define it as a gloss on the notion of self. The chapter reverses the process and sees no-self as the primary analog for talk about a self. Doing so means showing how the notion of self is incapable of embracing the concept of no-self within itself. It starts by questioning Feuerbach's project of unmasking all theology as a covert anthropology. The chapter goes on to discuss getting over one's self; no-self as one of the aspects of nothingness, the mind of nothingness; the self with its desires; no-self with its desire; and no-self and transcendence.

Keywords:   self, no-self, desire, nothingness, self-transcendence, Feuerbach, theology

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