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Document type
Journal articles

Document subtype
Full paper

Title
The Pre-reflective Situational Self

Participants in the publication
Robert W. Clowes (Author)
Klaus Gärtner (Author)
Dep. História e Filosofia das Ciências
CFCUL - Centro de Filosofia das Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa

Scope
International

Refereeing
Yes

Summary
It is often held that to have a conscious experience presupposes having some form of implicit self-awareness. The most dominant phenomenological view usually claims that we essentially perceive experiences as our own. This is the so called “mineness” character, or dimension of experience. According to this view, mineness is not only essential to conscious experience, it also grounds the idea that pre-reflective self-awareness constitutes a minimal self. In this paper, we show that there are reasons to doubt this constituting role of mineness. We argue that there are alternative possibilities and that the necessity for an adequate theory of the self within psychopathology gives us good reasons to believe that we need a thicker notion of the pre-reflective self. To this end, we develop such a notion: the Pre-Reflective Situational Self. To do so, we will first show how alternative conceptions of pre-reflective self-awareness point to philosophical problems with the standard phenomenological view. We claim that this is mainly due to fact that within the phenomenological account the mineness aspect is implicitly playing several roles. Consequently, we argue that a thin interpretation of pre-reflective self-awareness—based on a thin notion of mineness—cannot do its needed job within, at least within psychopathology. This leads us to believe that a thicker conception of pre-reflective self is needed. We, therefore, develop the notion of the pre-reflective situational self by analyzing the dynamical nature of the relation between self-awareness and the world, specifically through our interactive inhabitation of the social world.

Editor(s)
Guest Editor: Ana Ciaunica

Date of Publication
2020-07-01

Where published
Topoi

Publication Identifiers
ISSN - 0167-7411

Publisher
Springer Science and Business Media LLC

Collection
Special Issue: The Relational Self

Volume
39
Number
3

Number of pages
14
Starting page
623
Last page
637

Document Identifiers
DOI - https://doi.org/10.1007/s11245-018-9598-5
URL - http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11245-018-9598-5


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APA
Robert W. Clowes, Klaus Gärtner, (2020). The Pre-reflective Situational Self. Topoi, 39, 623-637. ISSN 0167-7411. eISSN . http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11245-018-9598-5

IEEE
Robert W. Clowes, Klaus Gärtner, "The Pre-reflective Situational Self" in Topoi, vol. 39, pp. 623-637, 2020. 10.1007/s11245-018-9598-5

BIBTEX
@article{48117, author = {Robert W. Clowes and Klaus Gärtner}, title = {The Pre-reflective Situational Self}, journal = {Topoi}, year = 2020, pages = {623-637}, volume = 39 }