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Self-Awareness and Alterity: A Phenomenological Investigation
by Dan Zahavi
Northwestern University Press, 1999
Cloth: 978-0-8101-1700-6 | Paper: 978-0-8101-1701-3
Library of Congress Classification BD222.Z34 1999
Dewey Decimal Classification 126

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Winner of 2000 Edward Goodwin Ballard Prize


In the rigorous and highly original Self-Awareness and Alterity, Dan Zahavi provides a sustained argument that phenomenology, especially in its Husserlian version, can contribute something decisive to the analysis of self-awareness.

Taking on recent discussions within both analytical philosophy (Shoemaker, Castaneda, Nagel) and contemporary German philosophy (Henrich, Frank, Tugendhat), Zahavi argues that the phenomenological tradition has much more to offer when it comes to the problem of self-awareness than is normally assumed. As a contribution to the current philosophical debate concerning self-awareness, the book presents a comprehensive reconstruction of Husserl's theory of pre-reflective self-awareness, thereby criticizing a number of prevalent interpretations and a systematic discussion of a number of phenomenological insights related to this issue, including analyses of the temporal, intentional, reflexive, bodily, and social nature of the self.

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