Three Dimensions of T.H. Green’s Idea of the Self
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T.H. Green has a rather extended notion of the self, by which is meant that he thinks persons have affiliations with others that take them beyond their own individual self or family and the interests of that self or family. This paper considers that notion of an extended self under three main themes. Metaphysics and Ethics. First, the paper examines some recent work on Green’s notions of the ‘eternal consciousness’ and ‘self-realization.’ Rights and the Common Good. The paper next examines Green’s thoughts regarding the relationship between a common good among fellow citizens, on the one hand, and the rights of individuals, on the other. Reciprocity and Citizenship. Finally, the paper turns to Green’s account of the state (which includes an emphasis on democracy).