From Consciousness to Self-Consciousness
Baker (Lynne Rudder)
Source: Grazer Philosophische Studien 84 (2012), 19–38
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  1. The road that human beings traverse from infancy to maturity runs from consciousness to self-consciousness1. It begins with a human newborn who is conscious, whose waking state is one of awareness, and ends with the same entity who is self-conscious, who can conceive of herself from the first person. The newborn has no concepts at all, and the mature person has a wealth of concepts, including a self-concept.
  2. I shall offer a sketch of this road from (nonconceptual) consciousness to (conceptual) self-consciousnessness2.
  3. Along the way, I shall argue that, pace Bermúdez, (Bermúdez 19983, 45) we neither need nor have “nonconceptual first-person contents.”


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Footnote 3: See "Bermudez (Jose Luis) - The Paradox of Self-Consciousness".

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