Frédérique de Vignemont – A narcissistic conception of the sense of bodily ownership
Le GRIN aura prochainement son sixième atelier annuel, offert par Frédérique de Vignemont (Institut Jean-Nicod). L’événement est ouvert au public.
Titre de la conférence: A narcissistic conception of the sense of bodily ownership
Date et heure: 5 février 2016, 10:00 – 12:00
Emplacement: Université de Montréal, 2910 Boul. Édouard-Montpetit, local 223
Résumé/abstract: Any theory of the sense of bodily ownership (i.e. awareness of one’s body qua one’s own) must be able to account for the self-referentiality that characterizes this specific type of self-awareness. Here I will defend a reductionist approach, according to which the phenomenology of ownership can be reduced to some specific properties of bodily experiences. But which properties? I will first discuss Martin’s (1993, 1995) conception, according to which the sense of bodily ownership finds its origin in the spatial awareness of the boundaries of one’s body. I will argue that such spatial awareness is not sufficient. I will then supplement his account by suggesting that the sense of bodily ownership consists in the awareness of the boundaries of one’s body as having an evolutionary significance for the organism’s needs and interests. This will lead me to define the phenomenology of ownership as a narcissistic feeling to file with other affective feelings such as the feeling of familiarity.