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Introduction

Mark Siderits, Evan Thompson and Dan Zahavi

in Self, No Self?

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780199593804
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191595691 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199593804.003.0001
Introduction

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This introduction to this book lays out the core set of issues concerning consciousness and the self that are discussed by the other chapters in the collection, and develops a unified framework for locating the different positions taken on those issues by the chapters. It distinguishes among a variety of views concerning the nature of a self, and discusses the various strategies that might be used to argue for or against the existence of a self. It introduces the claim that every cognition, in cognizing its object, is tacitly or non-thetically aware of itself. It discusses the question whether the latter claim has implications for views concerning the existence and nature of the self. It then briefly summarizes the other chapters in the collection, attempting to locate each within this taxonomy.

Keywords: self; non-self; reflexivity; non-thetic awareness; consciousness

Chapter.  11352 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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