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Self-consciousness, philosophy: self-consciousness is a form of consciousness that allows a localization of the thinking subject in the logical space. The prerequisite for self-consciousness is consciousness of external and internal processes as well as the ability to differentiate between these two sources of influences. See also identification, self-identification, self, I, consciousness, individuation, identity, person.
Annotation: The above characterizations of concepts are neither definitions nor exhausting presentations of problems related to them. Instead, they are intended to give a short introduction to the contributions below. – Lexicon of Arguments.

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Friedrich Nietzsche on Self- Consciousness - Dictionary of Arguments

Danto III 146
Self-Consciousness/Nietzsche/Danto: Why are we self-conscious? We could think, feel, want to remember that we could also 'act' in every sense of the word: and yet all this did not need to 'step into our consciousness'.(1)
Danto: Nietzsche says that a large part of our behaviour is automatic. Seen in this way, consciousness accompanies almost none of the more important bodily functions.
Danto III 147
Consciousness is 'a danger to the organism'.(2)
Danto: Where consciousness comes in, clumsiness and error suddenly occurs.
Nietzsche believes that consciousness is merely an insufficiently developed 'organ'. Since it only appeared late on the evolutionary stepladder, its range and function are not quite clear and its performance is not yet optimal.

1. F. Nietzsche, Die fröhliche Wissenschaft, KGW V, 2. p. 272.
2. Ibid. p. 56.

Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution. Translations: Dictionary of Arguments
The note [Concept/Author], [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] resp. "problem:"/"solution:", "old:"/"new:" and "thesis:" is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.

Nie I
Friedrich Nietzsche
Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe Berlin 2009

Nie V
F. Nietzsche
Beyond Good and Evil 2014

Danto I
A. C. Danto
Connections to the World - The Basic Concepts of Philosophy, New York 1989
German Edition:
Wege zur Welt München 1999

Danto III
Arthur C. Danto
Nietzsche as Philosopher: An Original Study, New York 1965
German Edition:
Nietzsche als Philosoph München 1998

Danto VII
A. C. Danto
The Philosophical Disenfranchisement of Art (Columbia Classics in Philosophy) New York 2005

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