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[Minimal self-consciousness and the ipseity-hyperreflexivity model of schizophrenia]

HORVÁTH Lajos

FEBRUARY 05, 2016

Lege Artis Medicinae - 2016;26(01-02)

[The aim of this paper is to give a short introduction to the so called ipseity-hyperreflexivity model of schizophrenia in light of the philosophical thesis of minimal self-consciousness. According to the notion of minimal self-consciousness there is no experience without the self-reference to the experiential subject. Dan Zahavi and Uriah Kriegel argue that minimal self-consciousness, including the sense of ownership of our experiences, remains intact in pathological cases as well. Contemporary phenomenological psychiatry, however, gives such an account of experiences that casts doubt on the invulnerability of ownership and rewrites the topography of self-consciousness. The investigation of minimal self-consciousness could open up new vistas regarding the interdisciplinary cooperation of philosophy and clinical sciences. ]

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