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Contributions to Phenomenology

Self-Feeling

Can Self-Consciousness be Understood as a Feeling?

Authors: Kreuch, Gerhard

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  • Brings together contemporary research on self-consciousness with philosophy of emotions
  • Builds a bridge between the basic level of self-consciousness and the higher level of more substantial thoughts about oneself
  • Explores in detail the contributions of the Heidelberg School of self-consciousness to the current debates
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This monograph offers new insights into the connection between self-consciousness and emotion. It focuses on what fundamental “feelings of being” tell us about ourselves. The results enrich the philosophy of human affectivity and help shed new light on some pressing, current problems.

The author seeks to understand self-consciousness as an affective phenomenon, namely as self-feeling. He identifies it as a pre-reflective, pre-propositional, bodily feeling that shapes our space of possibilities. It is the affective disclosure of individual existence. His account overcomes the difficulties of infinite regress and vicious circularity that reflective (or higher-order) accounts of self-consciousness struggle with. At the same time, it helps build a bridge between the basic level of self-consciousness and the higher level of more substantial thoughts about oneself. The title explores fundamental affectivity, Matthew Ratcliffe’s theory of existential feelings, features of self-feeling, and appropriateness and inappropriateness in self-interpretation. It also considers the contributions of the Heidelberg School of self-consciousness to current debates.

The title provides students and researchers with a unique look into such vital philosophical questions as: What is self-consciousness? How do we know ourselves? It will also appeal to a wider audience interested in self-consciousness and/or human affectivity since it does not presuppose knowledge of the jargon.


About the authors

Gerhard Kreuch completed two graduate degrees in philosophy and socio-economics. During his PhD in philosophy he was Visiting Researcher at Stanford University. He was awarded the uni:docs fellowship for the best dissertation projects, the Marietta Blau Grant for studies abroad, and the prize for the best philosophical dissertation at the University of Vienna in 2017. His research focuses on questions of self-knowledge, self-consciousness, and philosophy of emotions.​

Table of contents (16 chapters)

Table of contents (16 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Self-Feeling
Book Subtitle
Can Self-Consciousness be Understood as a Feeling?
Authors
Series Title
Contributions to Phenomenology
Series Volume
107
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-30789-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-30789-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-30788-2
Series ISSN
0923-9545
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 266
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