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Should we conclude that the existence of tryings, conceived as conscious events that constitute a source of knowledge of actions 'from the inside', has been experimentally established? The case is perhaps less clear-cut than its advocates make out. Haggard takes it that subjects' judgement that they moved their hand at t reflects an awareness they had at t of moving their hand now (where t occurs 86ms before movement onset). But it is far from obvious that this is so. g. perceptual experience of the movement), and that they are simply mistaken as to when the movement started.
As Christopher Peacocke argues in his commentary, this is not the same as accepting that it constitutes a sense of ownership, a sense of being the agent of an action. On the face of it, given that ownership of actions seems to be a causal notion-the notion of someone's intentions controlling a movement-it is indeed hard to see how the implicit presence of the self qua purely spatial origin of an egocentric frame of reference can be sufficient for a sense of ownership. e. ) Where does this leave the claim that awareness of ownership of actions is a case of immersed self-awareness?
But there may be alternative conceptions of intro~ spective awareness. For example, O'Shaughnessy argues that trying is a conscious event that causes knowledge of itself, in a way that is not mediated by any further event of the subject's noticing the trying. On this view, introspective awareness itself might be said to occupy the background of attention: you can be introspectively aware of your mental states even when wholly in1mersed in some activity. Both these responses insist that introspective awareness (of intentions, or tryings, or both) is a necessary condition of the sense of ownership of actions; so the second ingredient in Marcel's conception of immersion (absence of reflective consciousness) is inconsistent with a sense of ownership.