During a paper given in the department of theology & religious studies at the university of nottingham this week, Ray Brassier (Middlesex) presented a revised version of the first chapter of his recently published Nihil Unbound which relied on Thomas Metzinger’s ‘Phenomenal Self Model’ as it is presented in his Being No One. Although I’m not the least bit familiar with the work of Metzinger, Brassier’s use of his work was extremely fascinating, and quite exciting; the title of Brassier’s paper was ‘Eliminating Selves’, and that is exactly what Metzinger’s work intends to do, arguing that no one ever had or was a self. Ridiculously interesting stuff. I want to read Being No One, but am not sure when I will honestly have the time to read 699 pages, especially considering my lack of background in philosophy of mind and consciousness studies.
So rather than read a massive book, here is a link to a recent lecture by Metzinger dealing with his work: Being No One: Consciousness, The Phenomenal Self, and First-Person Perspective.
Enjoy, and if anyone is aware of accessible (read: fairly brief) secondary literature on Metzinger, let me know.