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The question 'Who am I?' comes to be an urgent one towards the end of the Middle Ages. When the existence of God is doubted more and more, the subject, the self, the I, the 'Me' of the title, or whatever term is used, is dealt the part of trustworthy foundation: subiectum. This chapter presents a brief phenomenology of I-hood to get an initial feel for the philosophical complexities associated with the familiar term I. Two models of self-consciousness from the 18th century will be looked into. These constitute the basis for Dieter Henrich's contemporary, metaphysical model of I-hood. The chapter discusses another popular model of I-hood that claims it to be a physical. It also discusses the ins and outs of a contemporary and authoritative model of self-consciousness developed by Dieter Henrich in the second half of the 20th century.

Keywords: Dieter Henrich; God; I-hood; metaphysical model; self-consciousness



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