The Self and Self-Knowledge

Hardcover | April 25, 2012

EditorAnnalisa Coliva

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A team of leading experts investigate a range of philosophical issues to do with the self and self-knowledge. Self and Self-Knowledge focuses on two main problems: how to account for I-thoughts and the consequences that doing so would have for our notion of the self; and how to explainsubjects' ability to know the kind of psychological states they enjoy, which characteristically issues in psychological self-ascriptions.The first section of the volume consists of essays that, by appealing to different considerations which range from the normative to the phenomenological, offer an assessment of the animalist conception of the self. The second section presents an examination as well as a defence of the new epistemicparadigm, largely associated with recent work by Christopher Peacocke, according to which knowledge of our own mental states and actions should be based on an awareness of them and of our attempts to bring them about. The last section explores a range of different perspectives - fromneo-expressivism to constitutivism - in order to assess the view that self-knowledge is more robust than any other form of knowledge. While the contributors differ in their specific philosophical positions, they all share the view that careful philosophical analysis is needed before scientificresearch can be fruitfully brought to bear on the issues at hand. These thought-provoking essays provide such an analysis and greatly deepen our understanding of these central aspects of our mentality.

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A team of leading experts investigate a range of philosophical issues to do with the self and self-knowledge. Self and Self-Knowledge focuses on two main problems: how to account for I-thoughts and the consequences that doing so would have for our notion of the self; and how to explainsubjects' ability to know the kind of psychological...

Annalisa Coliva is Associate Professor at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (Italy), and Associate Director of the research centre COGITO. After receiving a BA in Philosophy from the University of Bologna, she obtained a MLitt and a PhD from St Andrews, as well as a PhD from Vercelli. She has been Fulbright and Alexander von ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.1 inPublished:April 25, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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List of contributorsAnnalisa Coliva: IntroductionPart one: The self and its individuation1. Carol Rovane: Does rationality enforce identity?2. Martine Nida-Rumelin: The conceptual origin of subject body dualism3. Christopher Peacocke: Subjects and consciousness4. John Campbell: Does perception do any work in an understanding of the first person?Part two: Consciousness, action awareness and their role in self-knowledge5. Jane Heal: Consciousness and self-awareness6. Conor McHugh: Reasons and self-knowledge7. Lucy O'Brien: Knowledge of actions and tryings8. Christopher Peacocke: Conscious Events and Self-Ascriptions: Comments on Heal and O'BrienPart three: Self-knowledge. Robust or fragile?9. Dorit Bar-On: Externalism and skepticism: recognition, expression and self-knowledge10. Annalisa Coliva: One variety of self-knowledge: constitutivism as constructivism11. Paul Snowdon: How to think about phenomenal self-knowledge12. Akeel Bilgrami: The unique status of self-knowledge