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Concepts or metacognition – what is the issue: commentary on Stephane Savanah’s “the concept possession hypothesis of self-consciousness”

Musholt, Kristina (2012) Concepts or metacognition – what is the issue: commentary on Stephane Savanah’s “the concept possession hypothesis of self-consciousness”. Consciousness and Cognition, 21 (2). pp. 721-722. ISSN 1053-8100

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Abstract

The author claims that concept possession is not only necessary but also sufficient for self-consciousness, where self-consciousness is understood as the awareness of oneself as a self. Further, he links concept possession to intelligent behavior. His ultimate aim is to provide a framework for the study of self-consciousness in infants and non-human animals. I argue that the claim that all concepts are necessarily related to the self-concept remains unconvincing and suggest that what might be at issue here are not so much conceptual but rather metacognitive abilities.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.elsevier.com/wps/find/journaldescriptio...
Additional Information: © 2012 Elsevier
Library of Congress subject classification: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Sets: Departments > Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 27 Jun 2011 10:25
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/36920/

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