Self-Consciousness and Self-Determination
Ernst Tugendhat's study is a unique synthesis of the contemporary, Anglo-American philosophical approach with an abiding concern for classical philosophical problems. It brings the methods of linguistic analysis to bear on such epistemological, moral, and metaphysical issues as the meaning and interconnections of self knowledge, ego identity, rational self-understanding, and freedom of the will. In this context the views of Wittgenstein, Heidegger, Mead, and Hegel are searchingly examined. The philosophical testimony of Kierkegaard, Freud, Habermas, and others is also presented and weighed.
Self Consciousness and Self-Determination is included in the series Studies in Contemporary German Social Thought, edited by Thomas McCarthy
About the Author
Ernst Tugendhat is Professor of Philosophy at the Freie Universitat in Berlin.
"This is a marvelously rich book, which draws on a great range of sources to carry forward a single line, of argument ... Tugendhat is an immensely stimulating thinker, with a limpid and engaging style of argument. His book offers an original and compelling remapping of an old terrain. This ought never to look the same again."
- Charles Taylor, Journal of Philosophy