Self-awareness and Alterity: A Phenomenological Investigation

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Northwestern University Press, 1999 - Philosophy - 291 pages
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Winner of 2000 Edward Goodwin Ballard Prize


In the rigorous and highly original Self-Awareness and Alterity, Dan Zahavi provides a sustained argument that phenomenology, especially in its Husserlian version, can contribute something decisive to the analysis of self-awareness.

Taking on recent discussions within both analytical philosophy (Shoemaker, Castaneda, Nagel) and contemporary German philosophy (Henrich, Frank, Tugendhat), Zahavi argues that the phenomenological tradition has much more to offer when it comes to the problem of self-awareness than is normally assumed. As a contribution to the current philosophical debate concerning self-awareness, the book presents a comprehensive reconstruction of Husserl's theory of pre-reflective self-awareness, thereby criticizing a number of prevalent interpretations and a systematic discussion of a number of phenomenological insights related to this issue, including analyses of the temporal, intentional, reflexive, bodily, and social nature of the self.
 

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Contents

Some Essential Questions
38
Some Initial Distinctions
49
The Temporality of SelfAwareness
63
The Lived Body
91
SelfAffection and HeteroAffection
110
Different Levels of Egocentricity
138
The Person the Body and the Other
157
SelfManifestation and SelfComprehension
181
A Conclusion
195
SelfAwareness and the Unconscious
203
Notes
221
Works Cited
271
Index
289
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