Mirror Self Recognition and Self-Identification

Alexandria Boyle
That great apes are the only primates to recognise their reflections is often taken to show that they are self-aware – however, there has been much recent debate about whether the self-awareness in question is psychological or bodily self-awareness. This paper argues that whilst self-recognition does not require psychological self-awareness, to claim that it requires only bodily self-awareness would leave something out. That is that self-recognition requires ‘objective self-awareness’ – the capacity for first person...
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