Being No One is Kantian in its scope, intelligence and depth. Steeped in contemporary neuroscience, psychology and philosophy, the book gives the unsolved Kantian problems of inner self and outer world a new look, a new life, and a new route to solution. Metzinger's story is understandable, compelling, and, quite simply, very, very smart.
(Patricia and Paul Churchland, University of California, San Diego)
A convincing philosophical exposition and a well-structured compendium... without a doubt, a milestone of modern Philosophy of Mind.
(Reiner Hedrich Philosophy of Science
Being No One is essential reading for all scholars interested in the study of the self and of its distortions. In this thought-provoking book Metzinger presents an exciting new theory of phenomenal awareness, a theory that has the merit of being firmly grounded on a vast neuroscientific and psychopathological literature, which is here synthesized and made available to a wider audience for the first time.
(Vittorio Gallese, University of Parma)
Metzinger's interdisciplinary approach opens a new path toward a scientific theory of consciousness and self-consciousness.
(Franz Mechsner and Albert Newen Science
This book is a 'must' for anyone who is interested in empirical studies related to first-person issues or subjectivity.
(Kai Vogeley TRENDS in Cognitive Sciences
Being No One is a superb and indispensable book. Thomas Metzinger's intelligence, open-minded honesty, and knowledge combine to produce the most complete and satisfying discussion of the problem of self currently available.
(Antonio Damasio, Professor of Neurology, University of Iowa College of Medicine)
The strength of Metzinger's book lies in his mastery of supposedly disparate fields. Being No One successfully bridges the gap between elaborate philosophical models of the self and the neural models that were elaborated in our laboratories. It is a book that has much to offer to a wide array of scholars and readers.
(Marc Jeannerod, Institut des Sciences Cognitives)
About the Author
Thomas Metzinger is Professor of Philosophy at the Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, Germany. He is the editor of Neural Correlates of Consciousness (MIT Press, 2000).