Dates and Times: 4 July (Tue) and 6 July (Thurs) 2017: from 13:00 〜14:30
Place: KUASU Multi-function room (多目的室), South-west corner of the 2nd floor of East Building, Faculty of Letters, Kyoto University (No. 62 of (http://www.kyoto-u.ac.jp/ja/access/campus/yoshida/map6r_y/）
Speaker: Prof. Yumiko Inukai (University of Massachusetts Boston)
Title: The contemporary notion of the minimal self with reference to early modern philosophers like Descartes, Locke, Berkeley & Hume
In recent years, some philosophers have begun to pay more attention to the relationship between phenomenal consciousness and subjectivity in their investigation of the self again. Instead of settling the question regarding the existence and the nature of the self first, they attempt to illuminate the structure of experience in which a sense of the self as a subject of experience arises in the first place, as phenomenologists would do. This approach has proven to be quite fruitful: it has yielded a basic, yet critical, and popular notion of the self – “the minimal self.” It is a self at the most fundamental level, which is intimately connected with the character of first-personal perspective of conscious states. In this seminar, we will first explore, in particular, Dan Zahavi’s account of the minimal self. Then, unlike Zahavi who often draws his inspirations from phenomenologists like Husserl and Sartre (for good reasons), we will look at some Early Modern philosophers’ views of the self (Descartes, Berkeley, Locke and Hume) to see if they already recognized the aspect of subjectivity in our conscious experience and used it in their accounts in some way.