The First-Person Perspective: A Test For Naturalism
Baker (Lynne Rudder)
Source: American Philosophical Quarterly, 35.4, Oct. 1998
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    This article shows that cognitive scientists who study consciousness are too quick to dismiss the special challenge to naturalism posed by self-consciousness1. The article describes the first-person perspective that underlies all forms of self-consciousness2 and argues that the idea of the first-person perspective is required to explain human behavior. The conclusion is that no science that aspires to be a complete science of human behavior can afford to ignore the first-person perspective.


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