Is Self an Illusion?A Reply to Anti-Realist Views About the Self

From a commonsensical point of view, people hold a very natural and strong intuition toward the self. On the philosophical level, Descartes' "Substance Theory of the Self" also has a far-reaching influence.However, it is always easy to find various views that challenge the existence of the self, and regard it as an "illusion". This paper focuses on the debate over the existence of the self. Firstly, I will introduced three representative anti- realist theories about the self. Then, by replying to each theory, the ontological status of the self will be defended.