Knowing Our Own Minds

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Fellow of the British Academy Professor of Logic and Metaphysics Crispin Wright, Barry C. Smith, Crispin Wright, Former Associate Professor in the Faculty of Music Barry Smith, Cynthia Macdonald, Professor of Philosophy Cynthia MacDonald
Oxford University Press, 1998 - Philosophy - 450 pages
Self-knowledge is the focus of considerable attention from philosophers: Knowing Our Own Minds gives a much-needed overview of current work on the subject, bringing together new essays by leading figures. Knowledge of one's own sensations, desires, intentions, thoughts, beliefs, and otherattitudes is characteristically different from other kinds of knowledge, such as knowledge of other people's mental attributes: it has greater immediacy, authority, and salience. The first six chapters examine philosophical questions raised by these features of self-knowledge. The next two look atthe role of our knowledge of our own psychological states in our functioning as rational agents. The third group of essays examine the tension between the distinctive characteristics of self-knowledge and arguments that psychological content is externally--socially and environmentally--determined.The final pair of chapters extend the discussion to knowledge of one's own language. Together these original, stimulating, and closely interlinked essays demonstrate the special relevance of self-knowledge to a broad range of issues in epistemology, philosophy of mind, and philosophy oflanguage.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Wittgensteinian Legacy
13
2 Response to Crispin Wright
47
3 Conscious Attitudes Attention and SelfKnowledge
63
4 An Eye Directed Outward
99
5 Externalism and Authoritative SelfKnowledge
123
Special Access versus Artefact of GrammarA Dichotomy Rejected
155
7 SelfKnowledge and Resentment
207
9 What the Externalist Can Know A Priori
271
10 Externalism Twin Earth and SelfKnowledge
285
11 Externalism Architecturalism and Epistemic Warrant
321
12 FirstPerson Authority and the Internal Reality of Beliefs
363
13 The Simple Theory of Colour and the Transparency of Sense Experience
371
14 On Knowing Ones Own Language
391
15 On Knowing Ones Own Language
429
Index
443

8 Reason and the First Person
243

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Crispin Wright is a Professor of Logic and Metaphysics at University of St Andrews. Barry C. Smith is a Lecturer in Philosophy at Birkbeck College, London. Cynthia Macdonald is a Reader in Philosophy at the University of Manchester.

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