Narrators and comparators: The architecture of agentive self-awareness

Tim Bayne, Elisabeth Pacherie

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This paper contrasts two approaches to agentive self-awareness: a high-level, narrative-based account, and a low-level comparator-based account. We argue that an agent's narrative self-conception has a role to play in explaining their agentive judgments, but that agentive experiences are explained by low-level comparator mechanisms that are grounded in the very machinery responsible for action-production. © 2007 Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)475-491
Number of pages16
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2007


  • Agency
  • Agentive experience
  • Agentive judgment
  • Comparators
  • Narrative self-conception


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