Reconstructing the minimal self, or how to make sense of agency and ownership

Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences 9 (3):373-396 (2010)
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Abstract

We challenge Gallagher’s distinction between the sense of ownership and the sense of agency as two separable modalities of experience of the minimal self and argue that a careful investigation of the examples provided to promote this distinction in fact reveals that SO and SA are intimately related and modulate each other. We propose a way to differentiate between the various notions of SO and SA that are currently used interchangeably in the debate, and suggest a more gradual reading of the two that allows for various blends of SO and SA. Such an approach not only provides us with a richer phenomenology but also with a more parsimonious view of the minimal self

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Sanneke De Haan
Humboldt Universität Zu Berlin
Leon De Bruin
VU University Amsterdam

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The Principles of Psychology.William James - 1890 - London, England: Dover Publications.
Phenomenology of Perception.Maurice Merleau-Ponty - 1962 - Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey: The Humanities Press.

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