Radical Self-Awareness

Galen Strawson

in Self, No Self?

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780199593804
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191595691 | DOI:
Radical Self-Awareness

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Many think that the subject of awareness can't be aware of itself as it presently is, any more than the fingertip can touch itself. Here it is argued that [1] the subject of awareness can be present-moment aware of itself non-thetically, and that in exceptional circumstances [2] the subject can be present-moment thetically aware of itself. Concerning [1], the sense is given in which [i] all awareness involves a subject of experience, and in which [ii] awareness is a property of the subject of experience. If one accepts that [iii] all awareness comports awareness of itself, and adds that [iv] awareness of a property of x is ipso facto awareness of x, one can derive [1]. Indeed one can derive [3] the subject of awareness is always non-thetically present-moment aware of itself. With regard to [2], it is argued that attentive present-moment self-awareness is achievable in certain meditative states.

Keywords: self-awareness; self-knowledge; thin subject; subject of awareness; non-thetic self-awareness; subject-awareness; identity thesis; thetic self-awareness; pure; consciousness experience; mental reflexivity; self-luminous

Chapter.  13089 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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