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V—The Sources of Self-Consciousness

José Luis Bermúdez
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.0066-7372.2003.00044.x 87-107 First published online: 1 June 2002

Abstract

This paper explores the relation between two ways of thinking about the sources of self-consciousness. We can think about the sources of self-consciousness either in genetic terms (as the origins or precursors of self-conscious thoughts) or in epistemic terms (as the grounds of self-conscious judgements). Using Christopher Peacocke's account of self-conscious judgements in Being Known as a foil, this paper brings out some important ways in which we need to draw upon the sources of self-consciousness in the genetic sense for a proper understanding of the sources of self-consciousness in the epistemic sense.

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