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About the project

The aim of the project is to investigate the notion of shared intentionality and the nature of the we-perspective. How does the we-perspective relate to individual first-order intentionality and to what extent and in which way does it presuppose self-consciousness, second-person perspective taking and empathy?

The project will engage with these questions by integrating philosophy and psychopathology. More specifically, it will investigate whether, to what extent and how, in the case of schizophrenia spectrum, instabilities of the first-person perspective (“self-disorders”) and disorders of empathy, lead to a disturbed and diminished capacity for entering and maintaining a we-perspective. Such a psychopathological investigation will provide new input to the theoretical debates, since the precise relation of dependence that obtains between the first-person perspective, empathy and the we-perspective can be clarified by studying disorders and the possible dissociations that they exemplify and manifest.

In addition, we intend to explore whether such disruptions of the we-perspective might help account for the well-known difficulties that patients with schizophrenia have in grasping social conventions and the tacit “rules of the game”.

The project is funded under the UCPH Excellence Programme for Interdisciplinary Research and will run 2013-2016.

Individual projects

Read about the individual projects which are a part of the research project “The disrupted ‘we’”.