Subjectivity and Selfhood Investigating the First-Person Perspective

ISBN-10: 0262740346
ISBN-13: 9780262740340
Edition: 2008
Authors: Dan Zahavi
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Description: What is a self? Does it exist in reality or is it a mere social construct--or is it perhaps a neurologically induced illusion? The legitimacy of the concept of the self has been questioned by both neuroscientists and philosophers in recent years.  More...

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List price: $30.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 8/29/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 280
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.56" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

What is a self? Does it exist in reality or is it a mere social construct--or is it perhaps a neurologically induced illusion? The legitimacy of the concept of the self has been questioned by both neuroscientists and philosophers in recent years. Countering this, in Subjectivity and Selfhood, Dan Zahavi argues that the notion of self is crucial for a proper understanding of consciousness. He investigates the interrelationships of experience, self-awareness, and selfhood, proposing that none of these three notions can be understood in isolation. Any investigation of the self, Zahavi argues, must take the first-person perspective seriously and focus on the experiential givenness of the self. Subjectivity and Selfhoodexplores a number of phenomenological analyses pertaining to the nature of consciousness, self, and self-experience in light of contemporary discussions in consciousness research. Philosophical phenomenology--as developed by Husserl, Heidegger, Sartre, Merleau-Ponty, and others--not only addresses crucial issues often absent from current debates over consciousness but also provides a conceptual framework for understanding subjectivity. Zahavi fills the need--given the recent upsurge in theoretical and empirical interest in subjectivity--for an account of the subjective or phenomenal dimension of consciousness that is accessible to researchers and students from a variety of disciplines. His aim is to use phenomenological analyses to clarify issues of central importance to philosophy of mind, cognitive science, developmental psychology, and psychiatry. By engaging in a dialogue with other philosophical and empirical positions, says Zahavi, phenomenology can demonstrate its vitality and contemporary relevance.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Self-Awareness and Phenomenal Consciousness
Varieties of Self-Awareness
Higher-Order Theories of Consciousness
A One-Level Account of Consciousness
The Problem of Infinite Regress
The Concept(s) of Consciousness in Early Phenomenology
Three Concepts of Consciousness
The Stream of Consciousness
Inner Consciousness and Self-Awareness
Some Shortcomings
The Structure of Time-Consciousness
Subjectivity of Experience
Temporality
The Internal Object Account
Urbewusstsein and Self-Affection
Reflection and Attention
Natorp's Challenge
The Criticism of Reflective Phenomenology
A Hermeneutical Alternative
Pure and Impure Reflection
Reflection and Alteration
Reflective versus Hermeneutical Phenomenology
Consciousness and Self
The Non-egological Challenge
Different Notions of Self
The Narrative Concept of Self
The Self as an Experiential Dimension
Empirical Implications
A Sense of Self
Self and Other
Expression and Empathy
Embodied Subjectivity and Internal Otherness
Beyond Empathy
The Transcendence of the Other
A Multidimensional Approach
Theory of Mind, Autism, and Embodiment
Theory of Mind
Theory-Theory of Self-Awareness
Autism
A Critical Rejoinder
Autism Revisited
Notes
References
Index

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