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Frédérique de Vignemont – The sense of bodily ownership: an affective feeling

Date: 21 avril 2017
Location: Room 422 (2910 Boul. Édouard-Montpetit, métro Université de Montréal)

Time: 10h-12h

Event website: http://grin.normativity.ca/2016/07/ateliers-du-grin-2016-17/

Frédérique de Vignemont (Institut Jean Nicod), The sense of bodily ownership: an affective feeling

Abstract: When I complain, “I feel pain in my shoulder”, there are two occurrences of the first person pronoun: at the level of the subject of the painful experience (I feel pain) and at the level of the body part in which I localize pain (in my shoulder). The first expresses the subjectivity of my sensation. The second expresses the awareness of my body as my own. Most philosophical interest has focused on the first, but what has been called the sense of bodily ownership – for want of a better name – has also recently come into the limelight both in the philosophical literature and in the psychological literature. Here I will defend a reductionist approach, according to which the sense of ownership can be reduced to some specific properties of bodily experiences. But which properties? I will argue that the feeling of bodily ownership should be conceived of on the model of the feeling of familiarity and that it consists in the sense of the spatial boundaries of one’s body as having a special significance for the self.

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