Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

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Privileged Access, philosophy of mind: what is meant here is the access a human subject has to his own inner states. It is debatable whether there is any privileged access at all. Counter-arguments are put forward by authors who assume that one can only grasp one’s feelings in a public language, that is, with concepts learned in the external world. See also introspection, foreign psychological, private language.
 
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Privileged access/Frith: For example, I can never know what force you use while pressing the button.
Origin: does this mean that I can only experience myself as an actor, but never another?
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No, I connect cause and effect even if another person acts.
Solution: The feeling of the origin is based on a combination of cause and effect by means of prediction.
Privileged access: some emotions are suppressed when we perform an action ourselves. E.g. we cannot tickle ourselves.
N.B.: if another person moves our arm, we are particularly aware of the internal signals. If we ourselves are actors, these signals are suppressed. That is, that we perceive ourselves in the same way as we perceive others as actors: we notice the relationship between actions and effects.

Frith I
Chris Frith
Wie unser Gehirn die Welt erschafft Heidelberg 2013


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Ed. Martin Schulz, access date 2017-05-23