Myself with No Body? Body, Bodily-Consciousness and Self-consciousness

  • Dorothée Legrand


De facto, subjects are bodily, but is this necessarily so? This question unfolds into the following two: Can one be self-conscious without being a body? Can one be self-conscious without being bodily-conscious? In this paper, I will describe different aspects of bodily-self-consciousness and argue that the most radical attempts to demonstrate the contingency of the bodily nature of self-consciousness failed. The idea here is that the strength of the anchoring of self-consciousness in the body and bodily-consciousness can be evaluated by considering whether (and which) forms of bodily-self-consciousness resist even against radical theoretical and clinical cases of purported disembodiment.


Anorexia Nervosa Physical Body Bodily Dimension Experiential Dimension Bodily Nature 
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I wish to thank Olaf Blanke, Rasmus Thybo Jensen, Thor Grünbaum, Line Ryberg Ingerslev and all participants in the workshop “Research in Progress” held at the Center For Subjectivity Research, University of Copenhagen. I acknowledge the support of the European Commission under the Marie Curie Research Training Network DISCOS (Disorders and Coherence of the Embodied Self).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dorothée Legrand
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Danish National Research Foundation: Center for Subjectivity ResearchUniversity of CopenhagenCopenhagenDenmark
  2. 2.Chercheur CNRSCREA: Centre de Recherche en Epistémologie Appliquée, ENSTA-32, boulevard VictorParisFrance

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