It is something of a common view among phenomenological thinkers that when a subject undergoes an experience that subject is not only conscious of the intentional object of that experience but she is also implicitly conscious of experiencing that object.1 This self-awareness is often called pre-reflective in the positive sense that it is an immediate/first-order non-reflective awareness and in the negative sense that it is there already prior to its reflective thematization.2
Picolas, C. , Soueltzis, N. (2019). Bodily and temporal pre-reflective self-awareness. Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences 18 (3), pp. 603-620.
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