Subjectivity and Selfhood: Investigating the First-Person Perspective (2020)

Subjectivity and Selfhood Investigating the First Person Perspective What is a self Does it exist in reality or is it a mere social construct or is it perhaps a neurologically induced illusion The legitimacy of the concept of the self has been questioned by both neuros
  • Title: Subjectivity and Selfhood: Investigating the First-Person Perspective
  • Author: Dan Zahavi
  • ISBN: 9780262240505
  • Page: 364
  • Format: Hardcover
  • What is a self Does it exist in reality or is it a mere social construct or is it perhaps a neurologically induced illusion The legitimacy of the concept of the self has been questioned by both neuroscientists and philosophers in recent years Countering this, in Subjectivity and Selfhood, Dan Zahavi argues that the notion of self is crucial for a proper understandingWhat is a self Does it exist in reality or is it a mere social construct or is it perhaps a neurologically induced illusion The legitimacy of the concept of the self has been questioned by both neuroscientists and philosophers in recent years Countering this, in Subjectivity and Selfhood, Dan Zahavi argues that the notion of self is crucial for a proper understanding of consciousness He investigates the interrelationships of experience, self awareness, and selfhood, proposing that none of these three notions can be understood in isolation Any investigation of the self, Zahavi argues, must take the first person perspective seriously and focus on the experiential givenness of the self Subjectivity and Selfhood explores a number of phenomenological analyses pertaining to the nature of consciousness, self, and self experience in light of contemporary discussions in consciousness research.Philosophical phenomenology as developed by Husserl, Heidegger, Sartre, Merleau Ponty, and others not only addresses crucial issues often absent from current debates over consciousness but also provides a conceptual framework for understanding subjectivity Zahavi fills the need given the recent upsurge in theoretical and empirical interest in subjectivity for an account of the subjective or phenomenal dimension of consciousness that is accessible to researchers and students from a variety of disciplines His aim is to use phenomenological analyses to clarify issues of central importance to philosophy of mind, cognitive science, developmental psychology, and psychiatry By engaging in a dialogue with other philosophical and empirical positions, says Zahavi, phenomenology can demonstrate its vitality and contemporary relevance.
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    1. this is sort of phenomenology for analytic philosophers as such it might be too introductory for those always already convinced of the continuing relevance of this particular continental philosophical research program i am one such thinker, i have never had to convince myself of the value of investigations of subjectivity and selfhoodis is easy to read, with some sense of history of classic phenomenonologists 155 , merleau ponty, husserl, sartre, heidegger, de beauvoir etc and then names of the [...]

    2. Have you ever become confused when you reached to pick up a pencil because you suddenly couldn t tell the difference between yourself and the pencil Of course not But why not You are a physical object, and so is the pencil Why does it matter which one you are It matters because experience has a personal, subjective feel to it The sense that you are the owner of your experience is what makes your thoughts yours Psychiatrists sometimes call that ipseity, or personal identity, and its failure is a [...]

    3. This is primarily a book about phenomenology and analytic theory of mind On that level, it s very good Zahavi is careful and thorough there For a phenomenological philosopher, it s a bit too basic Zahavi helped me think through issues related to embodiment and intersubjectivity, through his consideration of situations like autism I really want to find an extensive phenomenology of abnormality I m not entirely sure there could be such a phenomenology.

    4. widely conceived and clearly grounded the philosophical questioning for a self respecting psychopathological approach i, at least, had a quest to go abroad for investigating pervasively these first steps if i survive my country s anticipated wars.

    5. Zahavi defends Husserl s theory that all conscious experience or awareness involves a fundamental level of self awareness This self awareness is unconventionally defined as a crucially pre reflective, implicit sense that an experience is mine or is experienced by me Zahavi believes that the many philosophers who deny the existence of a self, or who explain the self away as a social construct, are correct but mislead in believing in a faulty or narrow conception of the self Once these philosopher [...]

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