, Volume 159, Issue 3, pp 475-491

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Narrators and comparators: the architecture of agentive self-awareness

  • Tim BayneAffiliated withSt. Catherine’s College, University of Oxford Email author 
  • , Elisabeth PacherieAffiliated withInstitut Jean-Nicod UMR 8129, CNRS-EHESS-ENS, Pavillon Jardin Ecole Normale Supérieure

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This paper contrasts two approaches to agentive self-awareness: a high-level, narrative-based account, and a low-level comparator-based account. We argue that an agent’s narrative self-conception has a role to play in explaining their agentive judgments, but that agentive experiences are explained by low-level comparator mechanisms that are grounded in the very machinery responsible for action-production.


Agency Narrative self-conception Comparators Agentive judgment Agentive experience