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Conatus

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Conatus is a Latin word meaning the will to live and the tendency for living things to grow and to flourish. The word is best known for its association with the philosopher Spinoza. The ‘egocentric dilemma’ is the idea that we can only really be certain of our own thoughts. The external world and the minds of other people are unknown to us. There is always a need to bridge the gap between our thoughts and our experiences. Over the centuries, philosophers have considered various ways in which the gap can be closed. Lacking final answers from philosophy and science, there are two ways in which we bridge the gap – essence and narrative. These two approaches are the main topic of this book.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tom Wallace

I have written essays for a number of years. My first book –Twenty-One Levels of Self-Deception – is essentially a collection of earlier essays. My second book – Three Miles of Rice Pudding – is part memoir, part non-fiction. A purely non-fiction version – Utopia Governance and the Commons – is also available. At present I am working on a small book about climate change. Readers can find electronic versions of my books on the website, Free eBooks, here:- https://www.free-ebooks.net/profile/770212/tom-wallace Readers can find my Amazon author’s page, with links to the books in Kindle and paperback, here:- https://www.amazon.com/Tom-Wallace/e/B0828988X5?ref_=pe_1724030_132998060 As well as non-fiction, I have written some short stories. These can be read on the website Booksie. Follow the link here:- https://www.booksie.com/users/tom-wallace-202564 Apart from writing, I draw and paint and do a little computer animation. I have a Youtube channel here:- https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvjSfgSXBLTJQrBAETwaqzQ?view_as=subscriber I live in Scotland, UK, in a small town near to Edinburgh.

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