The Subject's Matter

The Subject's Matter : Self-Consciousness and the Body

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An interdisciplinary and comprehensive treatment of bodily self-consciousness, considering representation of the body, the sense of bodily ownership, and representation of the self.

The body may be the object we know the best. It is the only object from which we constantly receive a flow of information through sight and touch; and it is the only object we can experience from the inside, through our proprioceptive, vestibular, and visceral senses. Yet there have been very few books that have attempted to consolidate our understanding of the body as it figures in our experience and self-awareness. This volume offers an interdisciplinary and comprehensive treatment of bodily self-awareness, the first book to do so since the landmark 1995 collection The Body and the Self, edited by Jose Bermudez, Naomi Eilan, and Anthony Marcel (MIT Press). Since 1995, the study of the body in such psychological disciplines as cognitive psychology, cognitive neuroscience, psychiatry, and neuropsychology has advanced dramatically, accompanied by a resurgence of philosophical interest in the significance of the body in our mental life. The sixteen specially commissioned essays in this book reflect the advances in these fields. The book is divided into three parts, each part covering a topic central to an explanation of bodily self-awareness: representation of the body; the sense of bodily ownership; and representation of the self.

Contributors
Adrian Alsmith, Brianna Beck, Jose Luis Bermudez, Anna Berti, Alexandre Billon, Andrew J. Bremner, Lucilla Cardinali, Tony Cheng, Frederique de Vignemont, Francesca Fardo, Alessandro Farne, Carlotta Fossataro, Shaun Gallagher, Francesca Garbarini, Patrick Haggard, Jakob Hohwy, Matthew R. Longo, Tamar Makin, Marie Martel, Melvin Mezue, John Michael, Christopher Peacocke, Lorenzo Pia, Louise Richardson, Alice C. Roy, Manos Tsakiris, Hong Yu Wong
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  • Hardback | 424 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 27mm | 657.71g
  • MIT Press
  • Cambridge, Mass., United States
  • English
  • 23 b&w illus.; 46 Illustrations, unspecified
  • 0262036835
  • 9780262036832
  • 1,351,356

About Frederique De Vignemont

Frederique de Vignemont is the CNRS Research Director at the Institute Jean Nicod. Adrian Alsmith is an Associate Professor at the University of Copenhagen.
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