Thinking of oneself as the thinker: the concept of self and the phenomenology of intellection

Philosophical Explorations 19 (2):138-160 (2016)
Abstract
The indexical word “I” has traditionally been assumed to be an overt analogue to the concept of self, and the best model for understanding it. This approach, I argue, overlooks the essential role of cognitive phenomenology in the mastery of the concept of self. I suggest that a better model is to be found in a different kind of representation: phenomenal concepts or more generally phenomenally grounded concepts. I start with what I take to be the defining feature of the concept of self, namely its “super-reflexivity”: to use this concept is not just to think of oneself, but to think of oneself as the thinker of the present thought. I call this familiar observation the “Thinker Intuition”. I review some shortcomings of the indexical model of the concept of self, which is the classical account of the Thinker Intuition. I go on to propose a different account, the “phenomenal model”, according to which the concept of self is a phenomenally grounded concept, anchored in a generic kind of cognitive phenomenolog...
Keywords the concept of self  super-reflexivity  indexicality  phenomenal concepts  cognitive phenomenology  the phenomenology of intellection
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1080/13869795.2016.1176232
Options
 Save to my reading list
Follow the author(s)
My bibliography
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Revision history
Request removal from index
Download options
Our Archive


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 28,106
Through your library
References found in this work BETA
Demonstratives.David Kaplan - 1989 - In Joseph Almog, John Perry & Howard Wettstein (eds.), Themes From Kaplan. Oxford University Press. pp. 481-563.
On a Confusion About a Function of Consciousness.Ned Block - 1995 - Brain and Behavioral Sciences 18 (2):227-–247.
The Problem of the Essential Indexical.John Perry - 1979 - Noûs 13 (December):3-21.
The Content and Epistemology of Phenomenal Belief.David J. Chalmers - 2003 - In Quentin Smith & Aleksandar Jokic (eds.), Consciousness: New Philosophical Perspectives. Oxford University Press. pp. 220--72.
What Intuitions Are Like.Elijah Chudnoff - 2011 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 82 (3):625-654.

View all 26 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles
The Case Against Cognitive Phenomenology.Peter Carruthers & Bénédicte Veillet - 2011 - In Tim Bayne & Michelle Montague (eds.), Cognitive phenomenology. Oxford University Press. pp. 35.
Essential Indexicality and the Irreducibility of Phenomenal Concepts.Filip Buekens - 2001 - Communication and Cognition: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly Journal 34 (1-2):75-97.
Phenomenal Contrast Arguments for Cognitive Phenomenology.Elijah Chudnoff - 2015 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 90 (2):82-104.
Intellectual Gestalts.Elijah Chudnoff - 2013 - In Uriah Kriegel (ed.), Phenomenal Intentionality. Oxford University Press. pp. 174.
Indexical Thought.David Pitt - 2013 - In Uriah Kriegel (ed.), Phenomenal Intentionality. Oxford University Press. pp. 49.
Phenomenology and the Poststructural Critique of Experience.Silvia Stoller - 2009 - International Journal of Philosophical Studies 17 (5):707-737.
The Character of Cognitive Phenomenology.Uriah Kriegel - forthcoming - In T. Breyer & C. Gutland (eds.), Phenomenology of Thinking. Routledge.
Understanding Conative Phenomenology: Lessons From Ricœur.Uriah Kriegel - 2013 - Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences 12 (3):537-557.
Thematic Unity in the Phenomenology of Thinking.Anders Nes - 2012 - Philosophical Quarterly 62 (246):84-105.

Monthly downloads

Added to index

2016-04-28

Total downloads

16 ( #299,298 of 2,171,797 )

Recent downloads (6 months)

4 ( #76,305 of 2,171,797 )

How can I increase my downloads?

My notes
Sign in to use this feature


Discussion
Order:
There  are no threads in this forum
Nothing in this forum yet.

Other forums