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  • Level 2: Intermediate

Know Thyself

Updated Friday 10th April 2015

This animation explores how we can be sure we're the same person as we were yesterday and looks at John Locke's ideas on this. 

The words ‘know thyself' - ‘gnothi seauton’ - were inscribed in stone above the Ancient Greek Temple of Apollo at Delphi. Philosophers have mused on self-knowledge and its uses ever since. But is it possible to ever 'Know Thyself'? Psychologists, such as Bruce Hood, have even suggested that the self is an illusion and there may not be a self to know.

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