Thoughts on ‘the self’.

Solipsism can be an attractive notion but can the self only truly exist as part of a larger whole? These two essays suggest we’re never really alone.

“My body and the other’s are one whole, two sides of one and the same phenomenon, and the anonymous existence of which my body is the ever-renewed trace henceforth inhabits both bodies simultaneously.” — Maurice Merleau-Ponty (14 March 1908–3 May 1961)

7 minute reading time.


Rather than René Descartes(31 March 1596–11 February 1650) ‘Cogito ergo sum’, should we instead remember the words of the Kenyan born philosopher John Mbiti (30 November 1931 — present),

‘I am because we are, and since we are, therefore I am.’ ?

6 minute reading time.

Like what you read? Give Simon Begg a round of applause.

From a quick cheer to a standing ovation, clap to show how much you enjoyed this story.