Self and Other: Exploring Subjectivity, Empathy, and Shame – University of Copenhagen

Forward this page to a friend Resize Print Bookmark and Share

Home > News > Self and Other: Explor...

28 November 2014

Self and Other: Exploring Subjectivity, Empathy, and Shame

 Dan Zahavi, University of Copenhagen

Discussing such diverse topics as self-consciousness, phenomenal externalism, mindless coping, mirror self-recognition, autism, theory of mind, embodied simulation, joint attention, shame, time-consciousness, embodiment, narrativity, self-disorders, expressivity and Buddhist no-self accounts, Zahavi argues that any theory of consciousness that wishes to take the subjective dimension of our experiential life serious must endorse a minimalist notion of self. At the same time, however, he also contends that an adequate account of the self has to recognize its multifaceted character, and that various complementary accounts must be integrated, if we are to do justice to its complexity. Thus, while arguing that the most fundamental level of selfhood is not socially constructed and not constitutively dependent upon others, Zahavi also argues that there are dimensions of the self and types of self-experience that are other-mediated.

For more information, visit the OUP website