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In this book, José Luis Bermúdez addesses two fundamental problems in the philosophy and psychology of self-consciousness: (1) Can we provide a noncircular account of fully fledged self-conscious thought and language in terms of more fundamental capacities? (2) Can we explain how fully fledged self-conscious thought and language can arise in the normal course of human development? Bermúdez 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 recent 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 primitive forms of self-consciousness that are prelinguistic and preconceptual. Such primitive 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 primitive forms of self-consciousness to dissolve the paradox of self-consciousness and to show how the two questions can be given an affirmative answer.

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Drawing on late-1990s work in empirical psychology and philosophy, the author argues that any explanation of fully fledged self-consciousness that answers the paradox of self-consciousness requires attention to primitive forms of self-conciousness that are prelinguistic and preconceptual.

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Responding to the paradox, the author draws on recent work in empirical psychology and philosophy to cut the tie between self- conscious thought and linguistic self-reference. He argues that any explanation of full-fledged self-consciousness that answers these two questions requires attention to prelinguistic and preconceptual forms of self-consciousness.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. [313]-325) and index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780262522779
Author:
Bermudez, Jose Luis
Publisher:
MIT Press (MA)
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Location:
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Subject:
General
Subject:
Methodology
Subject:
Linguistics
Subject:
Psycholinguistics
Subject:
Mind & Body
Subject:
Self
Subject:
Cognitive Psychology
Subject:
Thought and thinking
Subject:
Self (philosophy)
Subject:
Self-consciousness
Subject:
Linguistics - General
Subject:
Philosophy : General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Representation and Mind series The Paradox of Self-Consciousness
Series Volume:
90-09
Publication Date:
20000131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 17
Language:
English
Illustrations:
7
Pages:
356
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Synopsis" by , Drawing on late-1990s work in empirical psychology and philosophy, the author argues that any explanation of fully fledged self-consciousness that answers the paradox of self-consciousness requires attention to primitive forms of self-conciousness that are prelinguistic and preconceptual.
"Synopsis" by , Responding to the paradox, the author draws on recent work in empirical psychology and philosophy to cut the tie between self- conscious thought and linguistic self-reference. He argues that any explanation of full-fledged self-consciousness that answers these two questions requires attention to prelinguistic and preconceptual forms of self-consciousness.
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