Alfredo Paternoster

The obsession of pre-reflective self-consciousness

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Keywords: Consciousness, Pre-reflective Self-consciousness, Bodily Consciousness, Immunity to Error through Misidentification.

In this article I discuss and criticize the thesis according to which every conscious state is self-conscious too. Several scholars have recently grounded this thesis on the notion of non-reflective self-consciousness. I argue that the most plausible way of giving an appropriate empirical content to the notion of non-reflective self-consciousness consists in identifying it with bodily self-consciousness. However, since this form of self-consciousness develops completely not before the age of 18 months, whereas children are conscious much earlier, the implication from consciousness to self-consciousness should be rejected.

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