The sources of self-consciousness

This paper explores the relation between two ways of thinking about the sources of self-consciousness. We can think about the sources of self-consciousness either in genetic terms (as the origins or precursors of self-conscious thoughts) or in epistemic terms (as the grounds of self-conscious judgements). Using Christopher Peacocke's account of self-conscious judgements in Being Known as a foil, this paper brings out some important ways in which we need to draw upon the sources of self-consciousness in the genetic sense for a proper understanding of the sources of self-consciousness in the epistemic sense
Keywords Belief  Judgment  Metaphysics  Perception  Self-consciousness
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DOI 10.1111/j.0066-7372.2003.00044.x
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Joel Smith (2006). Bodily Awareness, Imagination, and the Self. European Journal of Philosophy 14 (1):49-68.

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