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The Paradox of Self-Consciousness

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In this text Jose Luis Bermudez addresses two fundamental problems in the philosophy and psychology of self-consciousness: can we provide a noncircular account of fully fledged self-conscious thought and language in terms of more fundamental capacities?; can we explain how fully fledged self-conscious thought and language can arise in the normal course of human development? Bermudez argues that a paradox (the paradox of self-consciousness) arises from the apparent strict interdependence between self-conscious thought and linguistic self-reference. The paradox renders circular all theories that define self-consciousness in terms of linguistic mastery of the first-person pronoun. It seems to follow from the paradox of self-consciousness that no such account or explanation can be given.;Drawing on late-1990s work in empirical psychology and philosophy, the author argues that any explanation of fully fledged self-consciousness that answers these two questions requires attention to primative forms of self-conciousness that are prelinguistic and preconceptual. Such primative forms of self-consciousness are to be found in somatic proprioception, the structure of exteroceptive perception, and prelinguistic forms of social interaction. The author uses these primative forms of self-consciousness to dissolve the paradox of self-consciousness and to show how the two questions can be given an affirmative answer.

Previous owner's name on front endpaper, in very good condition. Hardback version.

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Author(s):
Bermudez, Jose Luis
Condition:
Used: very good
Edition:
1998
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0262024411
ISBN-13:
9780262024419
Number of pages:
338
Publisher:
MIT Press

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In this text Jose Luis Bermudez addresses two fundamental problems in the philosophy and psychology of self-consciousness: can we provide a noncircular account of fully fledged self-conscious thought and language in terms of more fundamental capacities?; can we explain how fully fledged self-conscious thought and language can arise in the normal course of human development? Bermudez argues that a paradox (the paradox of self-consciousness) arises from the apparent strict interdependence between self-conscious thought and linguistic self-reference. The paradox renders circular all theories that define self-consciousness in terms of linguistic mastery of the first-person pronoun. It seems to follow from the paradox of self-consciousness that no such account or explanation can be given.;Drawing on late-1990s work in empirical psychology and philosophy, the author argues that any explanation of fully fledged self-consciousness that answers these two questions requires attention to primative forms of self-conciousness that are prelinguistic and preconceptual. Such primative forms of self-consciousness are to be found in somatic proprioception, the structure of exteroceptive perception, and prelinguistic forms of social interaction. The author uses these primative forms of self-consciousness to dissolve the paradox of self-consciousness and to show how the two questions can be given an affirmative answer.

Previous owner's name on front endpaper, in very good condition. Hardback version.

Author(s):
Bermudez, Jose Luis
Condition:
Used: very good
Edition:
1998
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0262024411
ISBN-13:
9780262024419
Number of pages:
338
Publisher:
MIT Press

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