Consciousness and personal identity



  • Carlos Correia


consciousness, personal identity, self, narrative


In this essay we study the nature of consciousness and its relation to personal identity. We argue that the best cognitive strategy to investigate the self implies the notion of narrative identity, though we find it wrong to identify self-consciousness with a narrative.

In a narrative we can take the place of the other, imagine possible scenarios, teaching our sensibility in complex problem solving. Biographic, historical or fiction narrative is a privileged instrument of knowledge, allowing us to explore people’s identity and nature without falling in the extremes of introspection, self-indulgent on many occasions, or im- personal neutrality. Personal identity is, consequently, the questioning on the final unique particularity of each one of us and a privileged instrument of access to that experience.

Author Biography

Carlos Correia

PhD in Philosophy, Associated Professor at the Departament of Phi-

losophy, University of Lisbon.


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Correia, C. (2020). Consciousness and personal identity: PHILOSOPHY OF MIND. Filosofska Dumka, (3), 90–104. Retrieved from



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