A Sense of Unity
Hirsch (Eli)
Source: Hirsch - The Concept of Identity, 1982, Chapter 8
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  1. The author maintains that our most basic criteria of bodily unity1 are innately determined.
  2. Two other positions are considered and rejected.
    1. The 'empiricist' would hold that our criteria of unity2 are derived from previous learning.
    2. The 'conventionalist' would hold that these criteria are arbitrary conventions of language.
  3. The empiricist position is rejected on the grounds that there is no inference that could yield our criteria of unity3.
  4. The conventionalist position is rejected on the basis of empirical evidence that infants experience unity4 in an essentially normal way before acquiring language.

  1. Criteria of Unity5 – 236
  2. Unity6 and Similarity7 – 239
  3. Conventionalism – 244
  4. An "Empiricist" Explanation – 249
  5. Focusing on Objects – 255
  6. Conclusion – 262

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