Body meets self
Frédérique de Vignemont
interviewed by Raphaël Millière & Carlota Serrahima
bodily awareness, sense of body ownership, pain, touch, peripersonal space, somatoparaphrenia, depersonalization, deafferentation, rubber hand illusion, peripersonal space
In this interview, Frédérique de Vignemont discusses her wide-ranging and influential research program on philosophical issues related to bodily awareness. The conversation explores core questions of this research program, such as the existence of a sense of body ownership, the nature of pain and touch, and the role of the peripersonal space, as well as methodological questions regarding the role of empirical evidence in philosophical investigation and the value of arguments from phenomenal contrast in philosophy of mind. In the course of this discussion, Vignemont defends her interpretation of pathological conditions such as somatoparaphrenia, depersonalization disorder, and peripheral deafferentation, as well as experimental bodily illusions such as the rubber hand illusion.