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José Luis Bermúdez

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780262037501

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262037501.001.0001

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Ecological Perception and the Notion of a Nonconceptual Point of View

Ecological Perception and the Notion of a Nonconceptual Point of View

(p.53) 2 Ecological Perception and the Notion of a Nonconceptual Point of View
The Bodily Self

José Luis Bermúdez

The MIT Press

One of the attractions of Gibson’s concept of ecological perception is that it seems to provide a basic awareness of the bodily self that can serve as the core of a comprehensive account of full-fledged self-consciousness in thought and action. On the ecological understanding of perception, sensitivity to self-specifying information is built into the very structure of perception in such a way that, as Gibson famously put it, all perception involves co-perception of the (bodily) self and the environment. This paper shows how Gibson’s ecological account is not itself sufficient for self-awareness, even of a primitive form, but suggests what needs to be added to it in order to yield the basic awareness of the bodily self that I term possessing a nonconceptual point of view.

Keywords:   J. J. Gibson, Self-consciousness, Nonconceptual content, Christopher Peacocke, Point of view, Ecological perception

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