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The Missing Link in CognitionOrigins of self-reflective consciousness$
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Herbert S. Terrace and Janet Metcalfe

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195161564

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195161564.001.0001

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Two Normative Roles for Self-Consciousness

Two Normative Roles for Self-Consciousness

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(p.174) 7 Two Normative Roles for Self-Consciousness
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The Missing Link in Cognition
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Patricia Kitcher

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195161564.003.0007

The chapter is devoted to the self implied by one's personality. The chapter does not relate this concept of self to Descartes'. It is therefore unclear how the self of one's personality is related to one's phenomenological self or to a person's remembered past experiences, as formulated in Tulving's concept of autonoetic consciousness. The chapter believes that self-consciousness has significant advantages for goal attainment and need satisfaction in human society. Self-consciousness is a basic motivational tool for getting along with others. For children to self-regulate in a social context, they need to understand what significant others hope for and expect of them and understand where they are now, have been, and plan to be in relation to these hopes and expectations. Shared reality and becoming are essential features of self-regulation, and they both require the development of advanced forms of self-consciousness.

Keywords:   Descartes, phenomenological self, autonoetic consciousness, goal attainment, basic motivational tool, shared reality

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