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Volume 36, 2019

Senses of Self: Approaches to Pre-Reflective Consciousness

Dan Zahavi
Pages 142-156

Reflexivity, Transparency, and Illusionism
Engaging Garfield

The notion of pre-reflective self-awareness is much more accepted today than 20 years ago and has become part of the standard repertoire in philosophy of mind. The notion’s increasing popularity has not surprisingly also led to an increasing amount of criticism. My focus in the present contribution will be on a particular radical objection that can be found in Jay Garfield’s book Engaging Buddhism. It seeks to undercut the appeal to pre-reflective self-awareness by arguing that there ultimately is no such thing as phenomenal consciousness.