Phantom body as bodily self-consciousness

Przemysław Nowakowski
translation: Paweł Gładziejewski

In the article, I propose that the body phantom is a phenomenal and functional model of one?s own body. This model has two aspects. On the one hand, it functions as a tacit sensory representation of the body that is at the same time related to the motor aspects of body functioning. On the other hand, it also has a phenomenal aspect as it constitutes the content of conscious bodily experience. This sort of tacit, functional and sensory model is related to the spatial parameters of the physical body. In the article, I postulate that this functional model or map is of crucial importance to the felt ownership parameters of the body (de Vignemont 2007), which are themselves considered as constituting the phenomenal aspect of the aforementioned model.

Keywords: body, cognitive science, experience, phantom, self-consciousness.

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