Self to Self brings together essays on personal identity, autonomy, and moral emotions by the philosopher J. David Velleman. Although the essays were written independently, they are unified by an overarching thesis – that there is no single entity denoted by “the self ” – as well as by themes from Kantian ethics, psychoanalytic theory, social psychology, and Velleman’s work in the philosophy of action. Two of the essays were selected by the editors of Philosophers’ Annual as being among the ten best papers in their year of publication.
Self to Self will be of interest to philosophers, psychologists, and others who theorize about the self.
J. David Velleman is a Professor of Philosophy and Bioethics at New York University. He is the author of The Possibility of Practical Reason (Michigan Publishing), How We Get Along (Cambridge University Press), Foundations for Moral Relativism (Open Book Publishers), Beyond Price (Open Book Publishers), and On Being Me (Princeton University Press).