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new book – ‘Consciousness and the Self: New Essays’

Written on January 19, 2012

Consciousness and the Self

Consciousness and the Self: New Essays ed. by JeeLoo Liu and John Perry (Cambridge University Press, 2012)

(amazon.co.uk – 17 Nov 2011)

Product description from the publisher:

‘I never can catch myself at any time without a perception, and never can observe any thing but the perception.’ These famous words of David Hume, on his inability to perceive the self, set the stage for JeeLoo Liu and John Perry’s collection of essays on self-awareness and self-knowledge. This volume connects recent scientific studies on consciousness with the traditional issues about the self explored by Descartes, Locke and Hume. Experts in the field offer contrasting perspectives on matters such as the relation between consciousness and self-awareness, the notion of personhood and the epistemic access to one’s own thoughts, desires or attitudes. The volume will be of interest to philosophers, psychologists, neuroscientists, cognitive scientists and others working on the central topics of consciousness and the self.

Table of Contents

Introduction: consciousness and the self
1. Awareness and identification of self – David Rosenthal
2. Self-representationalism and the explanatory gap – Uriah Kriegel
3. Thinking about the self – John Perry
4. Ordinary self-consciousness – Lucy O’Brien
5. Waiting for the self – Jesse Prinz
6. I think I think, therefore I am – I think: skeptical doubts about self-knowledge – Fred Dretske
7. Knowing what I want – Alex Byrne
8. Self-ignorance – Eric Schwitzgebel
9. Personhood and consciousness – Sydney Shoemaker
10. My non-narrative, non-forensic Dasein: the first and second self – Owen Flanagan.

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