The Mirror of the World: Subjects, Consciousness, and Self-Consciousness

Hardcover | February 18, 2014

byChristopher Peacocke

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Christopher Peacocke presents a philosophical theory of subjects of consciousness, together with a theory of the nature of first person representation of such a subject of consciousness. He develops a new treatment of subjects, distinct from previous theories, under which subjects wereregarded either as constructs from mental events, or fundamentally embodied, or Cartesian egos. In contrast, his theory of the first person integrates with the positive treatment of subjects - and it contributes to the explanation of various distinctive first person phenomena in the theory ofthought and knowledge. These are issues on which contributions have been made by some of the greatest philosophers, and Peacocke brings his points to bear on the contributions to these issues made by Hume, Kant, Frege, Wittgenstein, and Strawson. He also relates his position to the recent literature in the philosophy of mind, and then goes on to distinguish and characterize three varieties of self-consciousness. Perspectival self-consciousness involves the subject's capacity to appreciate that she is of the same kind as things given in athird personal way, and attributes the subject to a certain kind of objective thought about herself. Reflective self-consciousness involves awareness of the subject's own mental states, reached in a distinctive way. Interpersonal self-consciousness is awareness that one features, as a subject, insome other person's mental states. These varieties, and the relations and the forms of co-operation between them, are important in explaining features of our knowledge, our social relations, and our emotional lives. The theses of The Mirror of the World are of importance not only for philosophy, butalso for psychology, the arts, and anywhere else that the self and self-representation loom large.The Context and Content series is a forum for outstanding original research at the intersection of philosophy, linguistics, and cognitive science. The general editor is Francois Recanati (Institut Jean-Nicod, Paris).

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Christopher Peacocke presents a philosophical theory of subjects of consciousness, together with a theory of the nature of first person representation of such a subject of consciousness. He develops a new treatment of subjects, distinct from previous theories, under which subjects wereregarded either as constructs from mental events, o...

Christopher Peacocke worked in Oxford for many years, including twelve years as Waynflete Professor of Metaphysical Philosophy, before moving to New York in 2000. He taught for four years at New York University, and then moved uptown to Columbia University in 2004. He returns to England each summer to give a seminar and supervise grad...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.01 inPublished:February 18, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Introduction2. Primitive Self-Representation3. The Metaphysics of Conscious Subjects4. The First Person Concept and Its Nonconceptual Parent5. Explaining First Person Phenomena6. Descartes Defended7. Paralogisms and First Person Illusions8. Perspectival Self-Consciousness9. Reflective Self-Consciousness10. Interpersonal Self-Consciousness11. Open Conclusion: The Place of MetaphysicsReferencesIndex