What is it Like to Feel Like a Self?
Lawrence Shapiro (University of Wisconsin, Madison)

June 13, 2019, 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Philosophy program, La Trobe University

20.17 (level 20)
La Trobe University, City Campus, 360 Collins Street
Melbourne 3000

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The advent of virtual reality technology has created new opportunities for investigating the phenomenology of selfhood. Drawing on this research, Blanke and Metzinger (2009) offer the minimal phenomenal self (MPS) as an analysis of the feeling of selfhood. In this paper I clarify an imprecision in the statement of conditions for minimal phenomenal selfhood and argue for an even more minimal conception of selves. I also point out a number of ambiguities in the questionnaires that provide data about feelings of selfhood, explaining how they undermine efforts to understand the self’s relationship to the body. I close with some recommendations for future empirical studies of selfhood. 

Background to this talk: Due to Dr. Steven Stolz’s (La Trobe) success in obtaining a AARE grant, Prof. Shapiro (Uni of Wisconsin-Madison, USA) will be in Melbourne to deliver the key-note presentation at the symposium titled, “The Body, Embodiment, and Education: An Interdisciplinary Approach” (for more information see: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/the-body-embodiment-and-education-an-interdisciplinary-approach-tickets-50896611134).

Whilst in Melbourne, Prof. Shapiro has also accepted an invitation to give this talk as part of the LTU philosophy seminar series on Thursday the 13th June (4-6pm) at the LTU City Campus.

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