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Self And Body: Gallen Strawson

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Abstract:

What are the grounds of self-consciousness? I consider 29 proposals and reject 22, including a number of proposals that experience of body (or bodies) is necessary for self-consciousness. A popular strategy in debates of this sort is to argue that one cannot be said to have some concept C (e.g. the concept ONESELF, necessary for self-consciousness) unless one has a need or a use for C given the character of one's experience considered independently of the character that it has given that one possesses C. I suggest that such arguments are invalid.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-8349.00060

Affiliations: Jesus College, Oxford

Publication date: 1999-06-01

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