Which philosophers write about subjectivity? What are some primary sources for philosophical theories of subjectivity?

  • Also: Georges Rey, Dan Dennett, Peter Carruthers. Sep 29 '11 at 14:20

I believe this comes under the general heading of "philosophy of mind."

The first two contemporary philosophers I can think of who write, specifically, about the nature of subjectivity:

Thomas Nagel, author of the essay, What is it like to be a bat?

Thomas Metzinger, author of The Ego Tunnel.


For a general overview of this very interesting subtopic in philsophy of mind:
What is it like to be a bat? by Thomas Nagel
Could love be like a heatwave? by Janet Levin
Knowing one's own mind by Donald Davidson
Individualism and self-knowledge by Tyler Burge
Anti-individualism and privileged access by Michael McKinsey

For further reading, you might considering checking out some of these as recommended by my philosophy of mind anthology:

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Depending on what one means by "subjectivity", the answer is "pretty much all of them."

The question is so broad as to make an intelligent answer difficult.

That being said: if we want to point out a few of the more radical views, Nietzsche's dictum that there are no facts, only interpretations is certainly a noteworthy milestone, as is Wittgenstein's beetle-box thought experiment.


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