Self and World
Cassam (Quassim)
Source: Self and World, June 1999, Chapter 1
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  1. I claim that it is a necessary condition of self-consciousness1 that one is intuitively aware of oneself, qua subject, as a physical object.
  2. Intuitiveness awareness of oneself as a physical object involves various forms of bodily self-awareness in which one is presented to oneself, qua subject, as shaped, solid and located.
  3. These forms of bodily self-awareness are required for self-consciousness2 because they are necessary for consciousness of one's own identity as the subject of different representations and for consciousness of these representations as representations of an objective world.
  4. This account of self-consciousness3 helps to undermine various forms of idealism and reductionism about the self.

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