Self, Will and Agency

  • Ramesh Chandra Pradhan


This chapter explores the transcendental nature of the self, will and agency because it is the self in its form of will and agency which explains human actions and experience. The notion of self has been analysed from both the empirical and the transcendental standpoint.

The concept of self has been at the centre of controversy since Hume who denied the possibility of the Cartesian substance-self. From then on, there have been many attempts to bring back the self. Both Kant and Wittgenstein have brought back the self as the transcendental self that is the centre of all our knowledge, language and action.

In this chapter it has been argued that it is the transcendental or the metaphysical self which is the centre of our language and knowledge. Therefore in order to situate meaning, consciousness and the world in the proper perspective, we need the transcendental self which is not part of the world but is the presupposition of the world.


Self No-self theory Will Agency Transcendental theory Self-knowledge Action 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ramesh Chandra Pradhan
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  1. 1.Indian Institute of Advanced StudyShimlaIndia

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