Lessons from Sartre for the Analytic Phiolosophy of Mind

  • Manuel Bremer
Part of the Analecta Husserliana book series (ANHU, volume 88)

§ 10. Conclusion

One major short coming of the analytic philosophy of mind seems to be keeping insufficiently apart the Self as constructed biographical object from the Ego as the subject of our conscious acts. Even if the Ego is an aspect/is tied to a Self its functions and its phenomenology require a theory of its own. Narrowing the attention to the Self downsizes self-awareness to an awareness of an object “Self”. A motivation to avoid a theory of the Ego may have been the fear of being committed to extravagant metaphysics. Keeping Self and Ego apart, however, allows to substantiate the thesis that all awareness of something is at the same time awareness of oneself. Sartre’s version of this thesis, using the pre-reflexive cogito, helps here. It can be synthesised with a de se account of self-awareness. Both parts may shed light on each other and come closer to saving the phenomena.


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  • Manuel Bremer
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  1. 1.Heinrich-Heine-Universität DüsseldorfDüsseldorf

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