Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

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Self-identification, philosophy: here we are concerned with the conditions for the ability of a thinking subject to distinguish itself from other subjects or objects in order to relate to itself with language, gestures, and actions. See also private language, privileged access, identification, individuation, introspection, self, I, self-attribution.

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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Hector-Neri Castaneda

Frank I 190
Self-Identification/I/Self/Hume/Kant: you cannot perceive yourself as the object that implements the experience - instead you identify an object in the experience with a thing that is not part of the experience, and it is this thing to which the person concerned refers with "I" - Castaneda pro.
I 190
I/Self/Identification/Carl Ginet/Castaneda: ingenious analysis, seems to preserve the directly relating role of 'he*": E.g. for every sentence of the form" X believes that he* is H" there is a translation without "he*": Proposal: "X considers the proposition to be true that X would express if X said "I am H" - CastanedaVsGinet: 1) the mere utterance of "I am H" does not guarantee that any proposition is expressed at all - 2) circular: then you also have to analyze "what it usually means".
I 202
Self-Identification/Castaneda: you should not and cannot identify yourself with every description - otherwise the heaviest man in Europe would know that he is without ever stepping on a scale - therefore, "he*" must not be used as an independent symbol.
I 220
Self-Identification/Castaneda: in order for X to refer to Y as Z, X must not only identify Y with Z, but also represent Z as Z (representation) - accumulation of references - "boxes in boxes" - box: fragment of the world as person understands it - De Dicto/Castaneda: pictures of representations: boxes in boxes - De Re/Castaneda: simply the references of the speaker - also on non-existent things.

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.

Cast I
H.-N. Castaneda
Phenomeno-Logic of the I: Essays on Self-Consciousness Bloomington 1999

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

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