Who am I? Beyond ‘I Think, Therefore I Am’

Panel Discussion May 24, 2011

Can we ever really answer the long-standing philosophical question, “Who am I?” Philosophers, ethicists, and psychologists have all spoken to the difficulty of achieving genuine self-knowledge and the uncertainties of our judgment in evaluating oneself.

The final seminar in the series will bring together philosopher Elie During, cognitive scientist David A. Jopling, social psychologist Timothy Wilson, and ethicist Frances Kamm to examine the difficulty with achieving genuine self-knowledge, with an emphasis on the ways that the pursuit of self-knowledge itself plays a role in shaping the Self.

Self-knowledge and the practice of ethics by Elie During
“Much ado to know myself” by David Jopling
Understanding, justifying, and finding oneself by Frances M. Kamm


  • Alex Voorhoeve Senior Lecturer in Philosophy, London School of Economics
  • Elie During Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of Paris Ouest – Nanterre
  • David A. Jopling Associate Professor of Philosophy, York University
  • Frances Kamm Professor of Philosophy, Harvard University
  • Timothy Wilson Professor of Psychology, University of Virginia


  • Tuesday, May 24, 2011
  • 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm
  • The New York Academy of Sciences
    7 World Trade Center, 250 Greenwich Street, 40th Floor


This volume stems from a six-part lecture series that fostered reflection and insight on the current concept and theories of the self and their moral, ethical, and social implications. In addition to full transcripts of each panel, the volume also contains a number of essays by many of the participants.

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About This Series

This event is the first in a six-part series, Perspectives on the Self, which brings together experts from the sciences and the humanities for conversations on the evolving meaning and experience of the Self.