Phenomenal and historical selves


Journal Article

There are two ways a person can experience or, what is dif erent, can think about herself: f rst, as a subject of experience who feels a certain characteristic way, the-way-it-feels-to-be-oneself; and, second, as the person who is the subject of a particular autobiography, as the actor who is the protagonist in the history of this organism. The f rst is the phenomenal self; the second is the historical self. Marking the distinction has implications for philosophical psychology, for views about what a self is, how many selves a person has, the varieties of self-knowledge and self-consciousness, and for normative views about how a self is supposed to relate to its own past and future.

Full Text

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Flanagan, O

Published Date

  • January 1, 2012

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 84 /

Start / End Page

  • 217 - 240

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1875-6735

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0165-9227

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1163/9789401207904_011

Citation Source

  • Scopus