DOOYEWEERD: The human ego is nothing in itself

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The mystery of the central human ego is that it is nothing in itself, i.e., viewed apart from the central relations wherein alone it presents itself. But the first of these relations, namely, that of the selfhood to the temporal horizon of our experience, cannot determine the inner character of the ego, except in a negative sense. The central unity of the selfhood is not to be found in the modal diversity of the temporal order. A physico-psychical I does not exist, neither a logical, a historical, nor amoral self.”

(Herman Dooyeweerd, ‘In the Twilight of Western Thought’, Paideia Press 2912, p 21)

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DOOYEWEERD: The human ego