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(2019) Self-feeling, Dordrecht, Springer.

The features of self-feeling

Gerhard Kreuch

pp. 123-148

The third part presents the main claim of the book. In a nutshell, it argues that self-consciousness must be understood as permeated with affectivity. Self-consciousness is at its core an affective phenomenon, it is self-feeling. Self-feeling is an aspect of our fundamental affectivity. It can be understood as existential feeling. This chapter summarizes the main features of self-feeling building on the first and second part of the book. It is a pre-reflective, pre-propositional, bodily feeling that shapes our space of possibilities. It is the affective disclosure of individual existence. The chapter closes with clarifications to potential questions, such as why it is a feeling, how we can be oblivious of it, if animals can have self-feeling, and if there is one or many self-feelings.

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DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-30789-9_9

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Kreuch, G. (2019). The features of self-feeling, in Self-feeling, Dordrecht, Springer, pp. 123-148.

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