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Mind the Body: An Exploration of Bodily Self-Awareness

Frédérique de Vignemont


Our own body seems to be the object that we know the best for we constantly receive a flow of internal information about it. Yet bodily awareness has attracted little attention in the literature, possibly because it seems reducible to William James’s description of a “feeling of the same old body always there” (1890, p. 242). But it is not true that our body always feels so familiar. In particular, puzzling neurological disorders and new bodily illusions raise a wide range of questions about the relationship between the body and the self. Although most of the time we experience our body as our ... More

Keywords: ownership, self-consciousness, bodily sensations, pain, touch, multimodality, phenomenology, space, action, affective

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198735885
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198735885.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Frédérique de Vignemont, author
Institut Jean Nicod