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date: 22 January 2019

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Self presents phenomenological work on selfhood and shows how it has been impacting phenomenological psychopathology. Most phenomenologists including Husserl, Heidegger, and Sartre would defend the experiential presence of self, thereby distancing themselves from competing accounts according to which the self is either a high-level social construct or a hidden non-experiential transcendental precondition. Many also highlighted the deep link between selfhood and self-consciousness, and between self-consciousness and intentionality, thereby defending the “co-givenness of self and world.” Eventually, however, most phenomenologists went on to emphasize the extent to which a more comprehensive account of selfhood would have to move beyond a purely formal analysis and also consider the individualizing role of historicity, sociality, and normativity.

Keywords: self-consciousness, selfhood, phenomenology, intentionality, normativity

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