Il processo di temporalizzazione della coscienza e l 'esperienza del dèjà vu (Parte I)

Translated title of the contribution: The temporalisation of consciousness and the dèjà vu experience (Part I)

Pier Giuseppe Milanesi, Giorgio Sandrini, Giuseppe Nappi

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The dèjà vu phenomenon is here addressed from a "transcendental" perspective, and thus not as a mere psychological accident or affection of the memory, but as an event belonging to the original process by which awareness establishes its experience of time. This essay is divided into two parts. In the first, the concept of dèjà vu is discussed from a philosophical perspective that also allows conceptual and terminological revisions. In particular, it is shown that process of "duplication of the Same" that occurs in dèjà vu may also refer to higher operations of consciousness, both of a cognitive nature (where A=A is a founding principle of logic) and of an existential nature (where I=I is the very principle of self-awareness). In particular, this reflex of "introspection", in which it is possible see the Self duplicated in itself, allows us to focus, in our analysis, on the insular complex, which plays a key role in the very experience, both pathological and otherwise, of dèjà vu. Finally, we look at the ways in which the brain organizes flows of data, collecting them into "packets" (or instants) that are subsequently submitted to a higher process of synthesis or synchronization. In this way, awareness, being a product of a synchronic fusion, is born "without time" or, rather, is imbued with as yet unstructured time (which it, itself, is then required to structure).

Translated title of the contributionThe temporalisation of consciousness and the dèjà vu experience (Part I)
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)109-119
Number of pages11
JournalConfinia Cephalalgica
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology


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