Self-Awareness: Acquaintance, Intentionality, Representation, Relation

Review of Philosophy and Psychology 13 (2):311-328 (2022)
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Abstract

This paper endorses and expounds the widely held view that all experience involves pre-reflective self-consciousness or self-awareness. It argues that pre-reflective self-consciousness does not involve any sort of experience of ‘me-ness’ or ‘mine-ness’, and that all self-consciousness is essentially relational, essentially has the subject as intentional object, essentially involves representation, in particular self-representation, as well as ‘immediate acquaintance’, in particular immediate self-acquaintance; and cannot in one primordial respect involve a mistake on the part of the subject of who it is.

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Galen Strawson
University of Texas at Austin

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