Abstract: In recent years, philosophers of mind have explored the relationship between lived embodied experiences and self-narratives in bringing about a sense of self. This relationship has been vividly debated, with no consensus in the field. While some have argued that lived embodied experiences influence, but are not influenced by, self-narratives, others have maintained that lived embodied experiences and self-narratives influence each other across time. However, the very concept of ‘self-narrative’ and its scope of application has remained underspecified. The debate, I will argue, can only be resolved if we arrive at a better theoretical understanding of self-narrative. Therefore, the purpose of this talk is to develop a conceptual account of the notion of ‘self-narrative’ and a descriptive account of its scope of application. I will then show how these accounts can pave the way towards resolving the debate on the experience-narrative nexus.
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