Professor Joel Krueger
Forms of self and selflessness

The target papers present different models of self and selflessness. Some portray the self as equivalent with consciousness; others view it as a narrative construct or as linked with various features of our embodiment. Yet all argue that, in some sense, the self can be lost or overcome (i.e., we can realize transient or enduring states of genuine selflessness). I consider this claim by (1) constructing a taxonomy of self-models found in the target papers, which I then argue (2) allows us to clarify and critically evaluate the portrayals of selflessness on offer, insofar as they are constrained by these different self-models.