The Self as Enemy, the Self as Divine: A Crossroads in the Development of Islamic Anthropology

Taneli Kukkonen

We appear to have arrived at an impasse in our quest for self-knowledge. The divine self is elusive, inscrutable, and may well turn out to be entirely impersonal; the lower self, meanwhile, is indisputably mine, but at the same time it is mean and base and hardly worthy of attention. Where to go from here?

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Originally published in Ancient Philosophy of the Self, Springer, 2008. Republished here with thanks to Prof. Kukkonen.

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