- This pseudo-Paper is intended as the mechanism to record time spent on the Note 'Self-Consciousness1' during my Thesis research, as from 2011.
- For the actual time recorded, click on "Paper Statistics" above.
Write-up2 (as at 07/11/2018 00:25:55): Self-Consciousness
- This is more than just phenomenal consciousness4 (which may be a watershed in itself with moral consequences greater than are generally accepted) but the consciousness of oneself as a self5 (as Locke6 noted).
- But we need also consider the view that this “watcher” is an illusion, a falsely-assumed Cartesian Ego7 whose existence is undermined by neuroscience, the modularity of mind, and such-like.
- I was alerted to a quotation8 from Wikipedia: John Updike’s "Updike (John) - Self-Consciousness":-
“Not only are selves conditional but they die. Each day, we wake slightly altered, and the person we were yesterday is dead. So why, one could say, be afraid of death, when death comes all the time? ”
- I think this idea9 is muddled in several respects:-
- Death10 is a biological event that – at least in the ordinary case – can happen to an organism only once.
- So, whatever Selves11 are, they don’t die every night. Follow the links for further discussion.
- We do indeed “wake slightly altered”; indeed, we alter slightly whenever we encounter an event that has an impact on us.
- I’m not sure what Updike means by our “selves” being “conditional”, but I can well believe it.
- Updike seems to subscribe to some “strict and philosophical” view of identity, whereby nothing survives change. This is not a useful understanding.
- Any comfort we might get from such thoughts concerning our inevitable deaths is entirely spurious.
- For a page of Links to this Note, Click here.
- The categorised reading list is rather small; naturally, see also those on Self12 and Consciousness13.
- Works on this topic that I’ve actually read14, include15 the following:-
- "Baker (Lynne Rudder) - Naturalism and the First-Person Perspective: What Is The Problem?", Baker
- "Baker (Lynne Rudder) - The Difference that Self-Consciousness Makes", Baker
- "Baker (Lynne Rudder) - The First-Person Perspective", Baker
- "Blatti (Stephan) - Animalism and its Implications", Blatti
- "Blatti (Stephan) - Animalism Unburdened", Blatti
- "Garrett (Brian) - Personal Identity and Self-consciousness", Garrett
- "Garrett (Brian) - The Story of I: Some Comments on L.R.Baker 'Persons & Bodies'", Garrett
- "Garrett (Brian) - Wittgenstein on 'I'", Garrett
- "Kriegel (Uriah) - Strange Loops and Self-conscious Marbles", Kriegel
- "Lockwood (Michael) - When Does a Life Begin?", Lockwood
- "Nozick (Robert) - The Identity of the Self: Introduction", Nozick
- "Olson (Eric) - Persistence", Olson
- "Olson (Eric) - Psychology and Personal Identity", Olson
- "Papineau (David) - Introducing Consciousness", Papineau
- "Petrus (Klaus), Ed. - On Human Persons", Petrus16
- "Shoemaker (David) - Personal Identity, Rational Anticipation, and Self-Concern", Shoemaker
- "Simons (Peter) - Review of 'Kinds of Being: A Study of Individuation, Identity and the Logic of Sortal Terms' by E. J. Lowe", Simons
- "Smith (Quentin) - Consciousness - New Philosophical Perspectives: Introduction", Smith
- "Snowdon (Paul) - Persons, Animals, Ourselves: Introduction", Snowdon
- "Snowdon (Paul) - The Self and Personal Identity", Snowdon
- "Thomas (Janice L.) - Criticisms of dualism: is substance dualism tenable?", Thomas
- "Thomas (Janice L.) - Functionalism", Thomas
- "Wilkes (Kathleen) - The Coherence of Consciousness", Wilkes
- A reading list (where not covered elsewhere) might start with:-
- "Allen (Colin) - Animal Consciousness", Allen
- "Baker (Lynne Rudder) - First-Person Aspects of Agency", Baker
- "Baker (Lynne Rudder) - From Consciousness to Self-Consciousness", Baker
- "Baker (Lynne Rudder) - From the Rudimentary to the Robust Stage of the First-Person Perspective", Baker
- "Baker (Lynne Rudder) - On Making and Attributing Demonstrative Reference", Baker
- "Baker (Lynne Rudder) - Persons and the Natural Order", Baker
- "Baker (Lynne Rudder) - The First-Person Perspective: A Test For Naturalism", Baker
- "Bayne (Tim) - Self-Consciousness And The Unity Of Consciousness", Bayne
- "Bealer (George) - Self-Consciousness", Bealer
- "Bennett (M.R.) & Hacker (P.M.S.) - Self-Consciousness", Bennett & Hacker
- "Bermudez (Jose Luis) - Nonconceptual self-consciousness and cognitive science", Bermudez
- "Bermudez (Jose Luis) - The Paradox of Self-Consciousness", Bermudez
- "Bermudez (Jose Luis) - The Sources of Self-consciousness", Bermudez
- "Bermudez (Jose Luis) - Thinking Without Words: Preface", Bermudez17
- "Cassam (Quassim) - Self and World", Cassam
- "Eilan (Naomi), Marcel (Anthony) & Bermudez (Jose Luis) - Self-Consciousness and the Body: An Interdisciplinary Approach", Eilan
- "Frank (Manfred) - Non-objectal Subjectivity", Frank
- "Gallagher (Shaun) - Moral Agency, Self-Consciousness, and Practical Wisdom", Gallagher
- "Gallagher (Shaun) - The Moral Significance of Primitive Self-Consciousness: A Response to Bermudez", Gallagher
- "Gallagher (Shaun) & Zahavi (Dan) - Phenomenological Approaches to Self-Consciousness", Gallagher & Zahavi
- "Garrett (Brian) - Bermúdez on Self-Consciousness", Garrett
- "Kriegel (Uriah) - Consciousness And Self-Consciousness", Kriegel
- "McCullagh (Mark) - Functionalism and self-consciousness", McCullagh
- "Meijsing (Monica) & Cole (Jonathan) - Self-consciousness and the Body", Meijsing & Cole
- "Metzinger (Thomas) - The Ego Tunnel: The Science of the Mind and the Myth of the Self", Metzinger
- "Neisser (Ulric) - Five Kinds of Self-Knowledge", Neisser
- "Nichols (Shaun) & Stich (Stephen) - How to Read Your Own Mind: A Cognitive Theory of Self-Consciousness", Nichols & Stich
- "O'Shaughnessy (Brian) - Self-Consciousness and Self-Knowledge", O’Shaughnessy
- "Pollock (John L.) - The Self-Conscious Machine", Pollock
- "Rosenthal (David) - Being Conscious Of Ourselves", Rosenthal
- "Rovane (Carol) - Branching Self-Consciousness", Rovane
- "Schechter (Elizabeth) - Self-Consciousness and 'Split' Brains: The Minds’ I (TOC & Chapter 1: The Unity Puzzle)", Schechter
- "Shoemaker (Sydney) - Personal Identity: a Materialist Account", Shoemaker
- "Shoemaker (Sydney) - Persons and Personal Identity", Shoemaker
- "Smith (Joel) - On Knowing Which Thing I Am", Smith
- "Strawson (Galen) - Self, Body, and Experience", Strawson
- "Vesey (Godfrey N.A.) - Are We Intimately Conscious of What We Call Our Self", Vesey
- "Van Gulick (Robert) - A Functionalist Plea for Self-Consciousness", Van Gulick
- "Vjecsner (Paul) - Searching for the Heart of Human Nature", Vjecsner
- This is mostly a place-holder18.
- This is the write-up as it was when this Abstract was last output, with text as at the timestamp indicated (07/11/2018 00:25:55).
- Link to Latest Write-Up Note.
Footnote 8: Footnote 9:
- A number of my philosophical Notes are “promissory notes” currently only listing the books and papers (if any) I possess on the topic concerned.
- I’ve decided to add some text – whether by way of motivation, or something more substantive – for all these identified topics related to my Thesis.
- As I want to do this fairly quickly, the text may be confused or show surprising ignorance.
- The reader (if such exists) will have to bear with me, and display the principle of charity while this footnote exists.
- Which has little to do with self-consciousness other than the book’s title.
- Frequently I’ll have made copious marginal annotations, and sometimes have written up a review-note.
- In the former case, I intend to transfer the annotations into electronic form as soon as I can find the time.
- In the latter case, I will have remarked on the fact against the citation, and will integrate the comments into this Note in due course.
- My intention is to incorporate into these Notes comments on material I’ve already read rather than engage with unread material at this stage.
Footnote 16: Footnote 17:
- I may have read others in between updates of this Note – in which case they will be marked as such in the “References and Reading List” below.
- Papers or Books partially read have a rough %age based on the time spent versus the time expected.
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