Reason, freedom, and self-consciousness are names for a single condition, which is that of a creature who does not merely think, feel and do, but who also has the questions: what to think, what to feel, and what to do? These questions compel a unique perspective on the physical world. We look on the world in which we find ourselves from a point of view at it’s very edge: the point of view where I am. We are both in the world and not of the world, and we try to make sense of this peculiar fact with images of the soul, the psyche, the self or the ‘transcendental subject’. These images do not result from philosophy only: they arise naturally, in the course of the life in which the capacity to justify and criticize our thoughts, beliefs, feelings, and actions is the basis of the social order that makes us what we are. The point of view of the subject is therefore an essential feature of the human condition. And the tension between the point of view and the world of objects is present in many distinctive aspects of the human life.                                                                                                                                           -Roger Scruton


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