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Thinking about OneselfFrom Nonconceptual Content to the Concept of a Self$
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Kristina Musholt

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780262029209

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262029209.001.0001

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Self and Others, or The Emergence of Self-Consciousness

Self and Others, or The Emergence of Self-Consciousness

(p.115) 6 Self and Others, or The Emergence of Self-Consciousness
Thinking about Oneself

Kristina Musholt

The MIT Press

This chapter argues for a constitutive relation between self-consciousness and intersubjectivity and offers a detailed description of different levels of implicit and explicit representation of the mental and bodily states of self and other. Based on empirical findings from developmental psychology and the study of autism it shows how self-consciousness arises from a complex process of self-other differentiation. The chapter also discusses different theories of social cognition, such as theory-theory, simulation theory, interaction theory and the narrative practice hypothesis, and suggests that rather than being seen as competing accounts, these should be seen as complementing one another.

Keywords:   intersubjectivity, social cognition, self-other differentiation, autism, theory of mind

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