Pre-reflective self-consciousness: On being bodily in the world
Keywords:Body consciousness, Dance, Deafferentation
Deposited by:Dr. Dorothée Legrand
Date of Issue:2007
Journal/Publication Title:Janus Head
Abstract:Empirical and experiential investigations allow the distinction between observational and non-observational forms of subjective bodily experiences. From a first-person perspective, the biological body can be (1) an “opaque body” taken as an intentional object of observational consciousness, (2) a “performative body” pre-reflectively experienced as a subject/agent, (3) a “transparent body” pre-reflectively experienced as the bodily mode of givenness of objects in the external world, or (4) an “invisible body” absent from experience. It is proposed that pre-reflective bodily experiences rely on sensori-motor integrative mechanisms that process information on the external world in a self-relative way. These processes are identification-free in that the self is not identified as an object of observation. Moreover, it is defended that observational self-consciousness must be grounded on such identification-free processes and pre-reflective forms of bodily experience.