Bodily Awareness and Self‐Consciousness

José Luis Bermúdez

in The Oxford Handbook of the Self

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780199548019
Published online May 2011 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Philosophy

 Bodily Awareness and Self‐Consciousness

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This article argues that bodily awareness is a basic form of self-consciousness through which perceiving agents are directly conscious of the bodily self. It clarifies the nature of bodily awareness, categorises the different types of body-relative information, and rejects the claim that we can have a sense of ownership of our own bodies. It explores how bodily awareness functions as a form of self-consciousness and highlights the importance of certain forms of bodily awareness that share an important epistemological property with canonical forms of self-consciousness such as introspection.

Keywords: bodily awareness; self-consciousness; bodily self; body-relative information; introspection

Article.  10040 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Philosophy of Mind ; Metaphysics

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