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A Thematic Compilation

  The Thematic Compilations are collections of essays on a specified topic drawn from Avi Sion's  past works.


The Self


The Self is an inquiry into the concepts of self, soul, person, ego, consciousness, psyche and mind – ranging over phenomenology, logic, epistemology, ontology, psychology, spirituality, meditation, ethics and  metaphysics. This book is a thematic compilation drawn from past works by the author over a period of eighteen years.


Chapter One - Consciousness and the Mind

Drawn from Future Logic (1990), chapter 61.


1.               Consciousness is a Relation

2.               Kinds of Consciousness

3.               The Mind

4.               Popular Psychology


Chapter Two

Drawn from Buddhist Illogic (2002), chapter 11 & chapter 12.


1.               Self or Soul.

2.               Self-Knowledge.


Chapter Three

Drawn from Phenomenology (2003), chapter 1 (section 3) & chapter 5 (sections 1-3, 5-6).


1.               To Be Or Not To Be

2.               The Self

3.               Factors of the “Self”

4.               Identification-With

5.               Fallacious Criticisms of Selfhood

6.               What “Emptiness” Might Be


Chapter Four - The Workings of Volition

Drawn from Volition and Allied Causal Concepts (2004), chapter 7.


1.               Cultural Context and Epistemological Considerations

2.               Theoretical Context

3.               Stages in the Process of Volition

4.               The Scope of Freewill


Chapter Five

Drawn from Volition and Allied Causal Concepts (2004), chapter 11 (section 3) & chapter 16.


1.               The Ego Abhors a Vacuum

2.               Ungluing the Mind

3.               Abstract vs. Concrete Self

4.               Sundry Reflections on the Soul and God


Chapter Six

Drawn from Meditations (2006), chapter 8 & chapter 9.


1.               The Individual Self in Monism

2.               The Impression of Self


Chapter Seven

Drawn from Meditations (2006), chapter 11, chapter 12 & chapter 13.


1.               Not an Essence, but an Entity

2.               Distinguishing the Ego

3.               Dismissing the Ego


Chapter Eight

Drawn from Logical and Spiritual Reflections (2008), Hume’s Problems with Induction, chapter 5 & chapter 11; In Defense of Aristotle’s Laws of Thought, chapter 16.


1.               The Self or Soul

2.               Descartes’ Mind-Body Dichotomy

3.               Buddhist Denial of the Soul


Chapter Nine

Drawn from Logical and Spiritual Reflections (2008), More Meditations, chapter 3, chapter 4, chapter 7, chapter 10 & chapter 11; Zen Judaism, chapter 8 (part).


1.               Self Awareness

2.               Meditation on the Self

3.               Behold the Mind

4.               The Buddhist No-Soul Theory

5.               Self and Enlightenment



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