"An autobiography, including an intellectual autobiography, is selective. The idea was formulated originally in Plato’s First Alcibiades that one sees oneself better through the eyes of others. But of course different people give very different accounts. Danel Dennett, indeed, has cited the very different life stories that people can write about the same person to show that the idea of a self is merely a convenient fiction. But the fact of different stories does not in fact tells us whether all the stories are false, or all true. My colleague in King’s [College], Jim Hopkins, revealed that he had thought of me through the 1970s principally as a lover of medieval churches, because I took our students to visit medieval churches on our philosophical weekends in the country. But in the 1980s he saw me galvanized by Prime Minister Thatcher’s attack on university budgets, and he felt that that redoutable lady had given me a new self".
Richard Sorabji, “Intellectual Autobiography” in Ricardo Salles (ed.), Metaphysics, Soul, and Ethics in Ancient Thought. Themes from the work of Richard Sorabji, Oxford: Clarendon Press (2005), p.35.