Loose Ends

Radu J. Bogdan

in Our Own Minds

Published by The MIT Press

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780262026376
Published online August 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780262289214 | DOI:
Loose Ends

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This chapter considers some implications and ties up several loose ends. It begins by speculating about how and when the human competence for self-consciousness may have been assembled, as a byproduct, out of other competencies that evolved as ontogenetic adaptations to the specific challenges of different stages of human ontogeny. It also recognizes some dark—or at least, penumbral—areas in the story of consciousness as told so far. It concludes with a comparative discussion of several views that cover parts of the same territory that has been traveled here. In the process, some of the main themes of this book are revisited and reviewed.

Keywords: self-consciousness; human competencies; penumbral; ontogeny

Chapter.  8743 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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