CFP: Special Issue of Review of Philosophy and Psychology: Self-Consciousness explained
Submission deadline: April 1, 2021
Call for Papers
Special Issue of Review of Philosophy and Psychology: Self-Consciousness explained
Human beings are aware of both, the world surrounding them and themselves as the center of this world. The Special Issue focuses on the second aspect and wants to explore one of the most burning issues of today’s Philosophy of Mind: the constitution of pre-reflective self-consciousness. The notion ‘pre-reflective self-consciousness’ usually is characterized by a sense of me-ness or mine-ness which is part of phenomenal consciousness: A phenomenal conscious mental state like a conscious visual experience includes besides a qualitative character, e.g. the redness a subject experiences when looking at a rose, non-conceptual awareness of the self (me-ness) or the experience as belonging to the subject as the owner of experience (mine-ness). Many philosophers believe that pre-reflective self-consciousness is the most fundamental, but also puzzling aspect of human self-consciousness. A variety of proposals concerning pre-reflective self-consciousness have been put forth in recent years, especially different versions of Higher-Order Representational Theories (HOR), like Higher-Order Thought Theories (HOT) or Higher-Order Global States Theories (HOGS), and Same-Order Theories (SOT). Others have formulated strong criticism against HOR and SOT, presenting non-relational accounts of self-consciousness, whilst having been criticized rigorously themselves. In detail, we want to make following questions the object of discussion:
- What is the constitution of pre-reflective self-consciousness?
- Are HOR (HOT, HOGS, WIV, …) or SOT a suitable form for explaining the constitution of pre-reflective self-consciousness?
- Is pre-reflective self-consciousness a kind of representation, self-representation or self-acquaintance?
- What is the relation between the constitution of pre-reflective self-consciousness and the constitution of phenomenal consciousness?
- Does pre-reflective self-consciousness contain a sense of me-ness or mine-ness or is it anonymous?
- What is the relation between bodily and mental pre-reflective self-consciousness?
- Is there a difference between the constitution of bodily and mental pre-reflective self-consciousness?
- Does so called pre-reflective self-consciousness exist or is it a philosophical chimera?
Rocco Gennaro, University of Southern Indiana (USA)
Robert Van Gulick, Syracuse University (USA)
Galen Strawson, University of Texas (USA)
Manfred Frank, University of Tübingen (Germany)
Klaus Viertbauer, Catholic University of Eichstätt (Germany)
Stefan Lang, University of Halle (Saale) (Germany)