Knowing Our Own Minds

Paperback | November 1, 2000

EditorCrispin Wright, Barry C. Smith, Cynthia Macdonald

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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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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 o...

Barry C. Smith is Lecturer in Philosophy at Birkbeck College, London. Crispin Wright is a Fellow of the British Academy and Professor of Logic and Metaphysics at the University of St Andrews; he was formerly Nelson Professor of Philosophy at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Cynthia Macdonald is Professor of Philosophy, Universit...

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Format:PaperbackPublished:November 1, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Introduction1. Crispin Wright: Self-Knowledge: The Wittgensteinian Legacy2. John McDowell: Response to Crispin Wright3. Christopher Peacocke: Conscious Attitudes, Attention, and Self-Knowledge4. M. G. F. Martin: An Eye Directed Outward5. Cynthia Macdonald: Externalism and Authoritative Self-Knowledge6. Elizabeth Fricker: Self-Knowledge: Special Access versus Artefact of Grammar -- A Dichotomy Rejected7. Akeel Bilgrami: Self-Knowledge and Resentment8. Tyler Burge: Reason and the First Person9. Paul A. Boghossian: What the Externalist can know A Priori10. Brian P. McLaughlin and Michael Tye: Externalism, Twin Earth, and Self-Knowledge11. Martin Davies: Externalism, Architecturalism, and Epistemic Warrant12. Diana Raffman: First-Person Authority and the Internal Reality of Beliefs13. Jim Edwards: The Simple Theory of Colour and the Transparency of Sense Experience14. Barry C. Smith: On Knowing One's Own Language15. James Higginbotham: On Knowing One's Own LanguageIndex

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`This excellent and wide ranging collecton of papers contains important and original contributions to the key current debate about the nature and extent of a subject's knowledge of the content of her thoughts and utterances ... This collection constitutes a key resource for those interested inthe nature of a subject's knowledge of the content of her thoughts and utterances ... the collection is useful in challenging some of the traditional assumptions about self-knowledge ... For those interested in the compatability of externalism and privileged access, the collection contains newcontributions on this topic which will undoubtedly be key to the on-going debate in this area.'Jessica Brown, Mind, Vol.110, No.438, April 2001