The Mirror of the World: Subjects, Consciousness, and Self-Consciousness

2015.03.36 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Christopher Peacocke, The Mirror of the World: Subjects, Consciousness, and Self-Consciousness, Oxford University Press, 2014,
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2015.03.36 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Christopher Peacocke, The Mirror of the World: Subjects, Consciousness, and Self-Consciousness, Oxford University Press, 2014, 283pp., $45.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780199699568. Reviewed by Barry Dainton, University of Liverpool Provided there is suitable illumination a mirror will more or less accurately reflect its environment: the light reflecting from its surface will represent its surroundings. In doing so, the mirror will -- typically -- not represent itself. However, under certain circumstances a mirror can do so: all you need do is hold another mirror in front of it. According to the account of subjects Christopher Peacocke elaborates over the course of his book, subjects are analogous. Their conscious states will normally represent their surroundings, but in doing so will often not represent themselves. However, some subjects do have the ability to represent themselves, and different subjects can do so in. . .

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