Self-Knowledge

Hardcover | March 24, 2011

EditorAnthony Hatzimoysis

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Self-knowledge has always been a central topic of philosophical inquiry. It is hard to think of a major philosopher, from ancient times to the present, who refrained from pronouncing on the nature, the importance, or the limitations of one's knowing of oneself as oneself. What makes self-knowledge such a perplexing phenomenon? The essays featured in this collection seek to deepen our understanding of self-knowledge, to solve some of the genuine (and to resolve some of the spurious) problems that hold back philosophical progress on that front, and to assess the valueof some classic moves in the debate over the epistemic status of self-ascriptions. Some of the chapters discuss features of self-knowledge that appear to account for its unique - and, in that sense, peculiar - status; some advance straight for solving crucial problems; and others take a step back toconsider the terms in which we set the questions to which a philosophical theory of self-knowledge is to provide the answer. Through their rigorous argumentation regarding the issues of reflection, introspection, deliberation, rationality, belief-formation, and epistemic warrant, the contributors illustrate how the specific problems that surround the topic of self-knowledge, instead of being approached as peripheral casesto which ready-made epistemological theories can be applied, may themselves illuminate some fundamental issues in the theory of knowledge.

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Self-knowledge has always been a central topic of philosophical inquiry. It is hard to think of a major philosopher, from ancient times to the present, who refrained from pronouncing on the nature, the importance, or the limitations of one's knowing of oneself as oneself. What makes self-knowledge such a perplexing phenomenon? The essa...

Anthony Hatzimoysis is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the History and Philosophy of Science Department of the University of Athens, and Visiting Fellow in Epistemology at Manchester Business School. He was, previously, Lecturer at the University College London and the University of Manchester, and Director of the Royal Institute...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pagesPublished:March 24, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Anthony Hatzimoysis: Introduction1. Ram Neta: The Nature and Reach of Privileged Access2. Sven Bernecker: Representationalism, First-Person Authority, and Second-Order Knowledge3. Gary Ebbs: Anti-Individualism, Self-Knowledge, and Epistemic Possibility: Further Reflections on a Puzzle About Doubt4. Crispin Wright: McKinsey One More Time5. Alex Byrne: Knowing that I am Thinking6. Brie Gertler: Self-Knowledge and the Transparency of Belief7. Andre Gallois: Deflationary Self-knowledge8. Anthony Brueckner: Neo-Expressivism9. Dorit Bar-On: Neo-Expressivism: Avowals' Security and Privileged Self-Knowledge10. Charles Travis: Viewing the Inner11. Jose Luis Bermudez: Self-knowledge and the sense of "I"12. Mark Sainsbury: English speakers should use "I" to refer to themselves13. David Owens: Deliberation and the First Person