ISBN: 9780262342599 | 424 pp. | December 2017

The Subject's Matter

Self-Consciousness and the Body
The body may be the object we know the best. It is the only object from which we constantly receive a flow of information through sight and touch; and it is the only object we can experience from the inside, through our proprioceptive, vestibular, and visceral senses. Yet there have been very few books that have attempted to consolidate our understanding of the body as it figures in our experience and self-awareness. This volume offers an interdisciplinary and comprehensive treatment of bodily self-awareness, the first book to do so since the landmark 1995 collection The Body and the Self, edited by José Bermúdez, Naomi Eilan, and Anthony Marcel (MIT Press). Since 1995, the study of the body in such psychological disciplines as cognitive psychology, cognitive neuroscience, psychiatry, and neuropsychology has advanced dramatically, accompanied by a resurgence of philosophical interest in the significance of the body in our mental life. The sixteen specially commissioned essays in this book reflect the advances in these fields. The book is divided into three parts, each part covering a topic central to an explanation of bodily self-awareness: representation of the body; the sense of bodily ownership; and representation of the self.
Adrian Alsmith, Brianna Beck, José Luis Bermúdez, Anna Berti, Alexandre Billon, Andrew J. Bremner, Lucilla Cardinali, Tony Cheng, Frédérique de Vignemont, Francesca Fardo, Alessandro Farnè, Carlotta Fossataro, Shaun Gallagher, Francesca Garbarini, Patrick Haggard, Jakob Hohwy, Matthew R. Longo, Tamar Makin, Marie Martel, Melvin Mezue, John Michael, Christopher Peacocke, Lorenzo Pia, Louise Richardson, Alice C. Roy, Manos Tsakiris, Hong Yu Wong

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction: The Subject's Matter

    Adrian J. T. Alsmith and Frédérique de Vignemont

  2. 1. The Origins of Body Representations in Early Life

    Andrew J. Bremner

  3. 2. Immutable Body Representations: Lessons from Phantoms in Amputees

    Melvin Mezue and Tamar R. Makin

  4. 3. Tool Use Unravels Body Morphology Representation in the Brain

    Marie Martel, Lucilla Cardinali, Alice C. Roy, and Alessandro Farnè

  5. 4. Body Representations and the Sense of Self

    Matthew R. Longo

  6. 5. Spatial Perception and the Sense of Touch

    Patrick Haggard, Tony Cheng, Brianna Beck, and Francesca Fardo

  7. 6. Ownership and the Space of the Body

    José Luis Bermúdez

  8. 7. Deflationary Accounts of the Sense of Ownership

    Shaun Gallagher

  9. 8. From Pathological Embodiment to a Model for Body Awareness

    Francesca Garbarini, Lorenzo Pia, Carlotta Fossataro, and Anna Berti

  10. 9. Mineness First: Three Challenges to the Recent Theories of the Sense of Body Ownership

    Alexandre Billon

  11. 10. Agency and Bodily Ownership: The Bodyguard Hypothesis

    Frédérique de Vignemont

  12. 11. Sight and the Body

    Louise Richardson

  13. 12. Perspectival Structure and Agentive Self-Location

    Adrian J. T. Alsmith

  14. 13. Philosophical Reflections on the First Person, the Body, and Agency

    Christopher Peacocke

  15. 14. In and Out of Balance

    Hong Yu Wong

  16. 15. The Material Me: Unifying the Exteroceptive and Interoceptive Sides of the Bodily Self

    Manos Tsakiris

  17. 16. Why Should Any Body Have a Self?

    Jakob Hohwy and John Michael

  18. Contributors
  19. Index