Self-Consciousness

[New Entry by Joel Smith on July 13, 2017.] Human beings are conscious not only of the world around them but also of themselves: their activities, their bodies, and their mental lives. They are,
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[New Entry by Joel Smith on July 13, 2017.] Human beings are conscious not only of the world around them but also of themselves: their activities, their bodies, and their mental lives. They are, that is, self-conscious (or, equivalently, self-aware). Self-consciousness can be understood as an awareness of oneself. But a self-conscious subject is not just aware of something that merely happens to be themselves, as one is if one sees an old photograph without realising that it is of oneself. Rather a self-conscious subject is aware of themselves as themselves; it is manifest...

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