Consciousness and the self

Author: Breeur, Roland

Source: International Journal of Philosophical Studies, Volume 11, Number 4, December 2003 , pp. 415-436(22)

Publisher: Routledge, part of the Taylor & Francis Group

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Abstract:

With his notion of absolute consciousness, Sartre tries to rethink the relation between consciousness and the self. What is the origin of subjectivity in relation to a consciousness that is characterized as impersonal and as a radical lucidity? In this article, I attempt to question that origin and the nature as such of the subject in its relation to a consciousness that in its essence is not yet subjective. On the contrary, it is characterized by a selfpresence that is so radical that it threatens every form of self-knowledge.

Keywords: Merleau-Ponty; Sartre; ego; freedom; self-consciousness; self-knowledge

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0967255032000136506

Publication date: December 1, 2003

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