The First-Person Perspective
Baker (Lynne Rudder)
Source: Baker (Lynne) - Persons and Bodies, Chapter 3
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  1. Develops the notion of a first-person perspective1. A first-person perspective2 is the ability to think of—to conceive of—oneself in the first-person without recourse to any name or description or demonstrative. A first-person perspective3 is necessary for any form of self-consciousness4, and is sufficient for some forms of self-consciousness5. Evidence that a being has a first-person perspective6 comes from the person’s ability to think a thought expressible as, e.g., “I wonder how I shall die.” The second occurrence of ‘I’ in a first-person sentence, with a psychological or linguistic verb and an embedded first-person sentence indicates that the being has a first-person perspective7.
  2. Nonhuman animals are conscious (some chimpanzees may even be able to refer to themselves), but as far as we can tell, they do not have first-person perspectives8 in the sense. They don’t wonder how they will die, or hope that they have a painless death or any other such thing. I argue for the irreducibility of the first-person perspective9, and argue that other views of self-consciousness10 (e.g., Rosenthal’s, Armstrong’s, Dennett’s) are inadequate.
  1. First-Person Phenomena
  2. Features of the First-Person Perspective11
  3. Indispensability of the First-Person Perspective12
  4. A Look at Other Views
  5. Conclusion

Write-up13 (as at 18/12/2010 19:58:05): Baker - The First-Person Perspective

This note controls my detailed review of "Baker (Lynne Rudder) - The First-Person Perspective", Chapter 3 of "Baker (Lynne Rudder) - Persons and Bodies: A Constitution View". I’ve pirated the Oxford Scholarship Online summaries as a temporary expedient.

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