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Maik Niemeck
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This work is the result of a journey that has taken place in various settings and has been greatly influenced by many people. Since my early studies, I have been fascinated by the philosophy of mind and theory of subjectivity. The reason for this fascination was not the intriguing nature of the subject matter alone, but the various inspiring teachers I had during the years I spent at different universities. I would like to thank Stefan Lang and Jürgen Stolzenberg for shaping my primary philosophical socialization in Halle and their continued support. Without their encouragement I would not have taken this path. I am grateful to Dolf Rami and Christian Beyer for providing an enormously fruitful intellectual environment in Göttingen and introducing me to many new topics. I wish to thank Katharina Kraus and Wolfgang Freitag for giving me the opportunity to work as a philosopher in Freiburg and supporting my research. Finally, I am indebted to Alexander Becker for very inspiring discussions in Marburg, his excellent supervision, and kind help in countless ways.

This book is based on my doctoral thesis that was submitted to the Philipps-Universität Marburg. The research that led to it was generously funded by the Eliteprogram for Postdocs of the Baden-Württemberg Stiftung, University College Freiburg, Universität Mannheim, and Philipps-Universität Marburg.

Research stays at the University of Notre Dame (2014, 2017) and King’s College London (2018) had a strong impact on my thinking. I have to thank Eric Watkins for thoroughly reviewing my early texts. The co-organized workshop with Katharina Kraus at the University of Notre Dame was a rewarding experience. Mark Textor, Bill Brewer, and James Stazicker gave me very helpful comments on chapters of this book and were fantastic interlocutors. Thank you!

I have presented various material from this book on many occasions. These include conferences such as: ECAP 9 in Munich and 10 in Utrecht; ESPP meetings 2017 in Hertfordshire and 2018 in Rijeka; PLM 4 and EuroCogSci 2019 both in Bochum; AISC 2018 in Genova; SOPhiA 2017 in Salzburg; the Human Mind Conference in Cambridge; the Brentano centenary conference 2017 in Prague and the symposium of the Swiss society of philosophy 2018 in Basel. These also include various workshops and colloquia at the universities of Barcelona, Freiburg, Fribourg, Göttingen, Liège, Mannheim, Marburg, Notre Dame, and King’s College London. I am grateful for all the feedback I have received and the discussions that have helped to enhance and sort my ideas. I would like to thank especially the following people, all of whom have contributed to this work in different ways: Gregory Bochner, Johannes Brandl, Joachim Bromand, Julien Bugnon, Arkadiusz Chrudzimski, Arnaud Dewalque, Manfred Frank, Manuel García-Carpintero, Anna Giustina, Wolfgang Huemer, Hynek Janousek, Sophie Keeling, Chad Kidd, Bruno Leclercq, Mathis Lessau, Manolo Martínez, Martine Nida-Rümelin, Donnchadh O’Conaill, Gerhard Preyer, Moritz Rathjen, François Récanati, Johannes Rössler, Helge Rückert, David Rudrauf, Miguel Angel Sebastian, Jonathan Shaheen, Charles Siewert, Gianfranco Soldati, Íngrid Vendrell Ferran, Marc Andree Weber, Lambert Wiesing, Kenneth Williford, Hannes Worthmann, and Dan Zahavi. I am sure that I have forgotten to mention some people who have helped me a lot along the way. Thank you and please excuse my unreliable memory! Special thanks go to Simon Mussell who copy-edited most parts of the book.

Last but not least, I would like to thank my family, who have never stopped giving me their full support. My parents always encouraged me and did everything to help me achieve my goals. So too did my grandparents. Also, my aunts and uncles were a major source of help. My wife has been the anchor of my life since early adulthood and my perfect daughter gave me some spare time to finish these lines.

Marburg, 19 March 2022

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