Experience and self-consciousness

Philosophical Studies 144 (1):95 - 105 (2009)
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Abstract

Does all conscious experience essentially involve self-consciousness? In his Subjectivity and Selfhood: Investigating the First-Person, Dan Zahavi answers “yes”. I criticize three core arguments offered in support of this answer—a well-known regress argument, what I call the “interview argument,” and a phenomenological argument. Drawing on Sartre, I introduce a phenomenological contrast between plain experience and self-conscious experience. The contrast challenges the thesis that conscious experience entails self-consciousness.

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Being and nothingness.Jean-Paul Sartre - 1956 - Avenel, N.J.: Random House.
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Self-reference and self-awareness.Sydney S. Shoemaker - 1968 - Journal of Philosophy 65 (October):555-67.
Sein und Zeit.Martin Heidegger - 1981 - Philosophy and Rhetoric 14 (1):57-58.
Sein und Zeit.Martin Heidegger - 1929 - Mind 38 (151):355-370.

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