ReMinded of Spinoza: A New Construction of Self and Other

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Recently revised, this short book is in near final draft. It addresses issues such as consciousness, being, determinism, death, and epistemology. Among other things, the book pierces the illusion of the subject–object divide, which is the primary source of confusion for many philosophy of mind scholars. Puzzles like Mary and her black-and-white room are fully resolved. The key point is that all knowing is self-knowing. One cannot know anything without being it, and what is outside one's own being is inferred, not known. Consciousness and being are the same thing. The reason there appears to be an outside world when one is only knowing one's own being is the same reason there appears to be a distant city when one is only seeing the surface of a mirror in which the distant city is reflected. This short book constitutes a breakthrough in the field of philosophy of mind, but it is also worth reading just for the anecdote about Einstein at Princeton and what it tells us about free will.
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