The uncanny mirror: A re-framing of mirror self-experience

Consciousness and Cognition 20 (2):204-213 (2011)
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Abstract

Mirror self-experience is re-casted away from the cognitivist interpretation that has dominated discussions on the issue since the establishment of the mirror mark test. Ideas formulated by Merleau-Ponty on mirror self-experience point to the profoundly unsettling encounter with one’s specular double. These ideas, together with developmental evidence are re-visited to provide a new, psychologically and phenomenologically more valid account of mirror self-experience: an experience associated with deep wariness

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Dan Zahavi
University of Copenhagen