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Although Whitehead's view of the subject does not support a view of persons as isolated souls that transcend the contingencies and exigencies of their environment, his theory of experience nevertheless makes it clear why we experience ourselves as singular, self-fashioning, sometimes original beings-even as atomistic discoverers. The self is not a singular originator of ideas, but it is an enduring object. The conscious self, although pluralistic in its origins, is an ongoing achievement obtained by the welter of feeling presented by the world that grows together (in concrescence) and then presents itself back to that world as a simplified and unified edition of this reality. For Whitehead, the self is both "subject," in the literal sense of "thrown under" its antecedent occasions of experience, and "superject," meaning it throws itself beyond to the world of subsequent occasions of experience.