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The First Person in Cognition and Morality

Béatrice Longuenesse


The book is the revised version of two lectures presented, in the spring 2017, as the Spinoza lectures in the University of Amsterdam. Both lectures explore the contrast and collaboration between two types of standpoint on the world, each of which finds expression in a specific use of the first-person pronoun “I.” One standpoint is the particular standpoint we have on the world insofar as we are spatially and temporally located, biologically unique, socially and culturally determined individuals. The other is the universally communicable standpoint we share or can hope to share with all other ... More

Keywords: first-person, standpoint, universal, particular, human being

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198845829
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198845829.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Béatrice Longuenesse, author
New York University

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