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Uniting the perspectival subject: two approaches

Stokes, Patrick 2011, Uniting the perspectival subject: two approaches, Phenomenology and the cognitive sciences, vol. 10, no. 1, pp. 23-44.

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Title Uniting the perspectival subject: two approaches
Author(s) Stokes, PatrickORCID iD for Stokes, Patrick orcid.org/0000-0001-9574-6064
Journal name Phenomenology and the cognitive sciences
Volume number 10
Issue number 1
Start page 23
End page 44
Total pages 22
Publisher Springer
Place of publication Dordrecht, The Netherlands
Publication date 2011-03
ISSN 1568-7759
1572-8676
Keyword(s) memory
perspective
Kierkegaard
Summary Visual forms of episodic memory and anticipatory imagination involve images that, by virtue of their perspectival organization, imply a “notional subject” of experience. But they contain no inbuilt reference to the “actual subject,” the person actually doing the remembering or imagining. This poses the problem of what (if anything) connects these two perspectival subjects and what differentiates cases of genuine memory and anticipation from mere “imagined seeing.” I consider two approaches to this problem. The first, exemplified by Wollheim and Velleman, claims that genuinely reflexive memories and anticipations are phenomenally “unselfconscious,” with the co-identity of the notional and actual subjects secured by a determinate causal history. The second approach posits some distinctive phenomenal property that attaches to genuinely reflexive memories and anticipations and serves to experientially conflate the notional and actual subject. I consider a version of the second approach, derived from Kierkegaard’s discussions of phenomenal “contemporaneity,” and argue that this approach can better account for the possibility of affective alienation from the selves we were and will be: the way in which our sense of self and awareness of our causal history can sometimes come apart.
Language eng
Field of Research 220310 Phenomenology
220311 Philosophical Psychology (incl Moral Psychology and Philosophy of Action)
Socio Economic Objective 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2011, Springer
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30063314

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Humanities and Social Sciences
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