Nonconceptual Self-Consciousness and Cognitive Science Academic Article uri icon


  • Taking as point of departure a paradox (the paradox of self-consciousness) that appears to block philosophical elucidation of self-consciousness, this paper illustrates how highly conceptual forms of self-consciousness emerge from a rich foundation of nonconceptual forms of self-awareness. Attention is paid in particular to the primitive forms of nonconceptual self-consciousness manifested in visual perception, somatic proprioception, spatial reasoning and interpersonal psychological interactions. The study of these primitive forms of self-consciousness is an interdisciplinary enterprise and the paper considers a range of points of contact where philosophical work can illuminate work in the cognitive sciences, and vice versa.

published proceedings

  • Synth.

author list (cited authors)

  • Bermdez, J. L.

citation count

  • 0

complete list of authors

  • Bermúdez, José Luis

publication date

  • March 2018