Seminar with Dan Zahavi:
Pre-reflective Self-awareness and Experiential Selfhood: Singular and Plural?

In several recent texts, Hans Bernhard Schmid has argued that a proper understanding of collective intentionality and we-identity requires a convincing account of the „sense of ‘us’“ and that headway can be made regarding the latter by drawing on classical theories of self-awareness. More specifically, Schmid argues that the „sense of ‘us’“ amounts to a form of plural pre-reflective self-awareness, and as he writes, „Plural pre-reflective self-awareness plays the same role in the constitution of a common mind that singular pre-reflective self-awareness plays in the individual mind“. At the same time, however, Schmid also acknowledges that „there are important differences to consider“, in „spite of the striking similarities between the plural and the singular mind“. This talk will aim to assess these claims. How helpful is the appeal to pre-reflective self-awareness, and might the differences between the singular and the plural case ultimately overshadow their similarities?

Petar Bojanić, Igor Cvejić, Marjan Ivković, Srđan Prodanović, Rastko Jovanov, Željko Radinković and Olga Nikolić (IFDT)
Janko Nešić (University of Freiburg)
Slobodan Perović and Ljiljana Radenović  (Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade)

Dan Zahavi is professor of philosophy and director of the Center for Subjectivity Research. His main topics fall in the field of phenomenology, philosophy of mind, and cognitive science. He has written on the nature of selfhood, self-consciousness, intersubjectivity, social cognition, temporality, sociality, shame, empathy and collective intentionality. Zahavi is the editor a number of books including Husserl’s Phenomenology(Stanford 2003), Subjectivity and Selfhood (MIT Press 2005), The Phenomenological Mind together with S. Gallagher (Routledge 2008/2012), and Self and Other (OUP 2014).  He is also co-editor in chief of the journal Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences.