|The Trans Phenomenon and the Nature of Self|
Moore's Paradox? More Paradoxes!
Brakel, Linda A.W.
2020, 130 S, Gb, (Gruyter)
This book considers the Trans phenomenon from several directions that usually do not appear together. 1) Can Trans persons' "rationally" assent to Moore-Paradoxical statements? 2) Three fundamental philosophical questions about the Self naturally arise with the trans phenomenon: An ontological question; an epistemological question; and a conceptual question. Brakel embarks on a wide-ranging journey. The first stop revisits four classic philosophers and their views of the Self. From there the exploration becomes more modern, investigating: 1) views of Self-constitution; 2) the Self one is concerned about when survival is at issue; and 3) accounts of selected gender theorists. But, with no clearcut resolution, Brakel bridges these philosophical matters with biological ones, advancing a proper-function evolutionary view of gender and trans gender. Following this she reviews recent brain research-with criticisms and appreciation for mixed results. The work ends with an experimental philosophy adaptation of three classic self thought experiments that offer surprising real-world potential for Trans persons.