Problems of the Self. Philosophical and Psychopathological Perspectives on Self-experience

On May 28-30, 1999 an interdisciplinary conference entitled Problems of the Self. Philosophical and psychopathological perspectives on self-experience was organized by Josef Parnas and Dan Zahavi at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. The aim of the conference was to discuss recent research into self-experience and its disorders, and to contribute to a better integration of the different empirical and conceptual perspectives: in particular the perspectives of psychiatry, phenomenology and analytical philosophy of mind. Among the topics discussed were questions like

  • What is a self?
  • What is the relation between the self-givenness of consciousness and the givenness of the conscious self?
  • How should we understand the self-disorders encountered in schizophrenia?
  • What general insights into the nature of the self can pathological phenomena provide?
  • Participants Rudolf Bernet, University of Louvain, Belgium
    Sarah-Jayne Blakemore, Wellcome Department of Cognitive Neurology, London, UK
    Wolfgang Blankenburg, Marburg University, Germany
    George Butterworth, University of Sussex, UK
    John Cutting, London, UK
    Naomi Eilan, Warwick University, UK
    Shaun Gallagher, Canisius College, Buffalo, USA
    Eduard Marbach, University of Bern, Switzerland
    Jean Naudin, University of Marseille, France
    Josef Parnas, University of Copenhagen, DK
    Louis Sass, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, USA
    Michael Schwartz, Case Western Reserve University, USA
    Giovanni Stanghellini, Psychiatric Services, Florence, Italy
    Galen Strawson, Oxford University, UK
    Osborne Wiggins, University of Louisville , USA
    Dan Zahavi, University of Copenhagen, DK

    The conference proceedings have been published in Dan Zahavi (ed.): Exploring the Self. John Benjamins. Amsterdam-Philadelphia. 2000.
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