Autism and the Self

R. Peter Hobson

in The Oxford Handbook of the Self

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

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Philosophy

 Autism and the Self

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This article examines the relationship between the conception of self and early childhood autism. It highlights the difficulties of autistic children in using personal pronouns which reflect the lack of coherency in their practices of self-reference, or in co-reference between self and other. It suggests that autistic children have trouble experiencing and understanding themselves as selves in relation to other people with selves of their own.

Keywords: autism; self; autistic children; personal pronouns; self-reference

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Subjects: Philosophy ; Moral Philosophy ; Philosophy of Science

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