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The post-reflective inner view

Murray Shanahan

in Embodiment and the inner life

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9780199226559
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191696220 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199226559.003.0002
The post-reflective inner view

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The incendiary argument claims that the connection between an individual's mind and his/her body can be severed into two distinct facets — inner and outer, private and public, objective and subjective — albeit in a metaphysical world where the mind can function independently from the feelings, perceptions, and sensations that are being lived through by the physical body. This chapter discusses the supposed dualism of inner and outer consciousness and cognition where the experiences of the mind are perceived to be distinct from the physical experiences of the body. The nature of the conscious subject and the limits of empirical enquiry are also explored in this chapter along with examining the notion that man can do away with metaphysical dualism by means of private language conversations.

Keywords: inner; outer; metaphysical; dualism; consciousness; cognition; private language conversations

Chapter.  16146 words. 

Subjects: Cognitive Psychology

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