Strawson's Concept of Person – A Critical Discussion

Francis Alakkalkunnel


In our paper we want to argue, that Strawson’s theory may be seen as a conclusive
theory of the concept “person”. Nevertheless it cannot solve the main problems of a
philosophy of personality or personhood as they are discussed nowadays in philosophy.
It is an open question whether we can reformulate Strawson’s theory or we must refute
it altogether. At any rate we come to the conclusion that it is short-handed to be
applied to a modern theory of personality without more detailed considerations.


philosophy; 20th century philosophy; person; descriptive metaphysics; Cartesianism; philosophy of mind

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