Thinking about Oneself: From Nonconceptual Content to the Concept of a Self

2016.02.11 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Kristina Musholt, Thinking about Oneself: From Nonconceptual Content to the Concept of a Self, MIT Press, 2015, 210pp., $40.00
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2016.02.11 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Kristina Musholt, Thinking about Oneself: From Nonconceptual Content to the Concept of a Self, MIT Press, 2015, 210pp., $40.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780262029209. Reviewed by Dan Zahavi, University of Copenhagen Kristina Musholt sets out to offer an account of self-consciousness that is neither circular nor dependent upon irreducible, unanalyzable elements. Although she is committed to the kind of naturalism that encourages the exchange between philosophy and empirical science, and although her main interlocutors are figures in analytic philosophy of mind and language such as Wittgenstein, Sydney Shoemaker, Héctor-Neri Castañeda, Anscombe, John Perry, and Gareth Evans, her very setup reveals the influence of an additional source of inspiration, namely German Idealism. As Dieter Henrich points out in his 1967 essay "Fichte's ursprüngliche Einsicht", one of Fichte's enduring insights is that any attempt to conceive of. . .

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