Self-Trust: A Study of Reason, Knowledge, and Autonomy

Paperback | January 1, 1997

byKeith Lehrer

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Keith Lehrer offers an original philosophical view of principal aspects of the human condition, such as reason, knowledge, wisdom, autonomy, love, consensus, and consciousness. Three unifying ideas run through the book. The first is that what is uniquely human is the capacity for metamentalascent, the ability to consider and evaluate first-order mental states (such as beliefs and desires) that arise naturally within us. A primary function of this metamental ascent is the resolution of personal and interpersonal conflict, essential to such central human goods as wisdom, autonomy, andconsensus. The second unifying idea is that we have a system for such reflective evaluation which yields acceptance (in relation to beliefs) or preference (in relation to the objects of desires). The third unifying idea is that there are `keystones' of evaluation in this system: loops oftrustworthiness that are themselves supported by the structure that they hold together. Self-trust is the basis of our trustworthiness, on which reason, knowledge, and wisdom are grounded.

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Keith Lehrer offers an original philosophical view of principal aspects of the human condition, such as reason, knowledge, wisdom, autonomy, love, consensus, and consciousness.

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Keith Lehrer offers an original philosophical view of principal aspects of the human condition, such as reason, knowledge, wisdom, autonomy, love, consensus, and consciousness. Three unifying ideas run through the book. The first is that what is uniquely human is the capacity for metamentalascent, the ability to consider and evaluate f...

Keith Lehrer is Regent's Professor of Philosophy at the University of Arizona, Tucson. From 1992 to 1995 he was Chair of the Board of Officers of the American Philosophical Association. His books include Knowledge (OUP 1974), Metamind (OUP 1990), Theory of Knowledge (Westview/Routledge 1990), and Thomas Reid (Routledge 1991).

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:216 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.55 inPublished:January 1, 1997Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Keith Lehrer offers an original philosophical view of principal aspects of the human condition, such as reason, knowledge, wisdom, autonomy, love, consensus, and consciousness.

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`Significant contribution to the literature on autonomy and related matters.'Times Literary Supplement