No, it's an analytic truth in the Kantian and more generally philosophical sense:Dinsdale wrote: ↑Wed Nov 07, 2018 9:22 amAn analytic truth is by definition something resulting from analysis. Saying that a triangle has three sides is just an observation.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Analytic% ... istinction
You'll see from the wiki page that the triangularity issue is exactly the one used to instantiate the Kantian point about analytic truths. An "observation" would be redundant in determining the number of sides of a triangle, although this would be required for the determination of what Kant terms a "synthetic" proof. (For example, how many sides does Farmer Giles' field have....) The same applies to "All batchelors are unmarried", "All bodies are heavy", "All space is extended", etc.
My whole point is that you are looking for a further observational synthetic truth, whereas this is not the type of truth that applies to why any conception of "self" or "sense of me" requires a conception of control. You will perhaps see why this is the case if we stop the meta-analysis and you answer the question, or point me to where you have answered the question, as to what you mean by such a "self" or "sense of me". That way, we can clarify why "lack of control" necessarily involves "lack of self".
So what is it? If, as you say, it doesn't make any difference as to what conception of self we use, just specify one of them that finds favour with you.