I, Me, Mine: Back to Kant, and Back Again

ISBN : 9780199665761

Beatrice Longuenesse
288 Pages
153 x 234 mm
Pub date
Jan 2017
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Beatrice Longuenesse presents an original exploration of our understanding of ourselves and the way we talk about ourselves. In the first part of the book she discusses contemporary analyses of our use of 'I' in language and thought, and compares them to Kant's account of self-consciousness, especially the type of self-consciousness expressed in the proposition 'I think.' According to many contemporary philosophers, necessarily, any instance of our use of 'I' is backed by our consciousness of our own body. For Kant, in contrast, 'I think' just expresses our consciousness of being engaged in bringing rational unity into the contents of our mental states. In the second part of the book, Longuenesse analyzes the details of Kant's view and argues that contemporary discussions in philosophy and psychology stand to benefit from Kant's insights into self-consciousness and the unity of consciousness. The third and final part of the book outlines similarities between Kant's view of the structure of menta


1 Introduction

Part I. Back to ...
2 Uses of 'I'
3 Non-thetic self-consciousness and the uses of 'I' : Sartre meets Wittgenstien

Part II ... Kant
4 Kant on 'I think'
5 Kant on 'I' and the Soul
6 Kant on the identity of persons

Part III ... and Back Again
7 Kant's 'I' in 'I think' and Freud's 'Ego'
8 Kant's 'I' in the moral 'I ought' and Freud's Super-Ego

About the author: 

Beatrice Longuenesse studied at the Ecole Normale Superieure, the University of Paris-Sorbonne, and Princeton University. From 1979 to 1993, she taught in France at the Ecole Normale Superieure (Paris), the University of Paris-Sorbonne, the University of Franche-Comte, and the University of Clermont-Ferrand. Longuenesse then moved to Princeton University in 1993, as Associate Professor (1993-1996) then Professor (1996-2004) before moving to NYU in 2004. She has been visiting professor at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Paris, spring 2008); faculty member in a 2010 summer school at the Central European University (Budapest), on Problems of the Self; Silver Professor at NYU since 2010; and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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