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Disorientation and self-consciousness: a phenomenological inquiry

Fernández Velasco, P; (2020) Disorientation and self-consciousness: a phenomenological inquiry. Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences 10.1007/s11097-020-09659-1. (In press). Green open access

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The present paper explores the phenomenology of disorientation and its relationship with self-consciousness. Section 1 discusses previous literature on the links between self-location and self-consciousness and proposes a distinction between minimal self-location (which requires only an ego-centric frame of reference) and integrated self-location (which requires the integration of egocentric and allocentric frames of reference). The double aim of the paper is to use this distinction to deepen our understanding of spatial disorientation, and to use the phenomenology of disorientation to elucidate the role that integrated self-location plays in shaping self-consciousness. Section 2 starts by looking at the experience of being “turned around”, which is a common experience of disorientation. This analysis leads to the conclusion that integrated self-location is transmodal and depends on all three egocentric axes, and that disorientation destabilizes this integrated self-location. Section 3 explores a corpus of reports of disorientation episodes and highlights four key characteristics of these experiences (anxiety, vulnerability, confusion and diminishment) and their links to self-consciousness, focusing on the transformations in both the lived body and the experience of space. The central thesis of this paper is that during disorientation a destabilization of integrated self-location results in a diminished form of self-consciousness.

Type: Article
Title: Disorientation and self-consciousness: a phenomenological inquiry
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1007/s11097-020-09659-1
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11097-020-09659-1
Language: English
Additional information: © The Author(s) 2020. This article is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).
Keywords: Disorientation, Spatial cognition, Phenomenology, Self-location, Self-consciousness
UCL classification: UCL
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10101906
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