, Volume 159, Issue 3, pp 475–491

Narrators and comparators: the architecture of agentive self-awareness


DOI: 10.1007/s11229-007-9239-9

Cite this article as:
Bayne, T. & Pacherie, E. Synthese (2007) 159: 475. doi:10.1007/s11229-007-9239-9


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.


AgencyNarrative self-conceptionComparatorsAgentive judgmentAgentive experience

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.St. Catherine’s CollegeUniversity of OxfordOxfordUK
  2. 2.Institut Jean-Nicod UMR 8129, CNRS-EHESS-ENSPavillon Jardin Ecole Normale SupérieureParisFrance