International Studies in Phenomenology and Philosophy



Self and other

Exploring subjectivity, empathy, and shame

Dan Zahavi(Center for Subjectivity Research, Københavns Universitet)


Can you be a self on your own or only together with others? Is selfhood a built-in feature of experience or rather socially constructed? How do we at all come to understand others? Does empathy amount to and allow for a distinct experiential acquaintance with others, and if so, what does that tell us about the nature of selfhood and social cognition? Does a strong emphasis on the first-personal character of consciousness prohibit a satisfactory account of intersubjectivity or is the former rather a necessary requirement for the latter? Engaging with debates and findings in classical phenomenology, in philosophy of mind and in various empirical disciplines, Dan Zahavi's new book Self and Other offers answers to these questions.

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Publication details

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Place: Oxford

Year: 2014

Pages: 280, xiv

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199590681.001.0001

ISBN (hardback): 9780199590681

Full citation:

Zahavi Dan (2014). Self and other: Exploring subjectivity, empathy, and shame, Oxford University Press, Oxford.