Two Normative Roles for Self-Consciousness

Patricia Kitcher

in The Missing Link in Cognition

Published in print February 2005 | ISBN: 9780195161564
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199848386 | DOI:
Two Normative Roles for Self-Consciousness

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The chapter is devoted to the self implied by one's personality. The chapter does not relate this concept of self to Descartes'. It is therefore unclear how the self of one's personality is related to one's phenomenological self or to a person's remembered past experiences, as formulated in Tulving's concept of autonoetic consciousness. The chapter believes that self-consciousness has significant advantages for goal attainment and need satisfaction in human society. Self-consciousness is a basic motivational tool for getting along with others. For children to self-regulate in a social context, they need to understand what significant others hope for and expect of them and understand where they are now, have been, and plan to be in relation to these hopes and expectations. Shared reality and becoming are essential features of self-regulation, and they both require the development of advanced forms of self-consciousness.

Keywords: Descartes; phenomenological self; autonoetic consciousness; goal attainment; basic motivational tool; shared reality

Chapter.  6173 words. 

Subjects: Cognitive Psychology

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