Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

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Self-consciousness, philosophy: self-consciousness is a form of consciousness that allows a localization of the thinking subject in the logical space. The prerequisite for self-consciousness is consciousness of external and internal processes as well as the ability to differentiate between these two sources of influences. See also identification, self-identification, self, I, consciousness, individuation, identity, person.

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Annotation: The above characterizations of concepts are neither definitions nor exhausting presentations of problems related to them. Instead, they are intended to give a short introduction to the contributions below. – Lexicon of Arguments.

 
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Frank I 41ff
Self-consciousness/Strawson: M-predicates: do not presuppose consciousness to which they are attributed - P-predicates: (psychological): imply that the person to whom they are attributed, knows this - Definition P*-predicates/Shoemaker: it is impossible that any other subject, except me, can have certain properties.
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Strawson I 130
I/self-consciousness/Strawson: previously only: all my experiences are specifically related to the body M, this one is distinguished by that - but the same goes for all other bodies in each case - problem: what does the word "mine" has to do in it?
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I 131
Uniqueness of the body is no guarantee of Cartesian soul - solution: we must recognize the concept of the person as a primitive (but not fundamental) concept.


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Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution.

Str I
P.F. Strawson
Einzelding und logisches Subjekt Stuttgart 1972

Str IV
P.F. Strawson
Analyse und Metaphysik München 1994

Str V
P.F. Strawson
Die Grenzen des Sinns Frankfurt 1981

Fra I
M. Frank (Hrsg.)
Analytische Theorien des Selbstbewusstseins Frankfurt 1994

Str V
P.F. Strawson
Die Grenzen des Sinns Frankfurt 1981


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Ed. Martin Schulz, access date 2017-07-23