1st Edition

New Perspectives on Transparency and Self-Knowledge

Edited By Adam Andreotta, Benjamin Winokur Copyright 2025
    346 Pages
    by Routledge

    This volume presents new perspectives on transparency-theoretic approaches to self-knowledge. It addresses many under-explored dimensions of transparency theories and considers their wider implications for epistemology, philosophy of mind, and psychology.

    It is natural to think that self-knowledge is gained through introspection, whereby we somehow peer inward and detect our mental states. However, so-called transparency theories emphasize our capacity to peer outward at the world, hence beyond our minds, in the pursuit of self-knowledge. For all their popularity in recent decades, transparency theories have also met with myriad challenges. The chapters in this volume seek to forge new ground in debates about the role of transparency in self-knowledge. Some chapters deepen our understanding of key themes at the heart of transparency theories, such as the ways in which transparent self-knowledge is properly 'first-personal' or 'non-alienated'. Other chapters extend transparency theory to different kinds of mental states and phenomena such as memory, actions, social groups, credences, projection, second-order sincerity, and Moore’s Paradox.

    New Perspectives on Transparency and Self-Knowledge will appeal to scholars and advanced students working in epistemology, philosophy of mind, and psychology.

    Thinking Through Transparency: An Exploration of Self-Knowledge Adam Andreotta and Benjamin Winokur

    1. Evans on Transparency and Thinking of Oneself Markos Valaris

    2. Models of Self-Knowledge: From Inference and Self-Scanning to Transparency and Rational Deliberation Ryan Cox

    3. Transparency Theories Versus Other Accounts of Self-Knowledge: Do They Compete or Complement Each Other? Martin F. Fricke

    4. Evans on Self-Knowledge Quassim Cassam

    5. Transparency, Moore’s Paradox, and the Concept of Belief Adam Andreotta

    6. Alienation, Self-Blindness, and the Concept of Belief Casey Doyle

    7. Transparency and Commitment: The Case of Substantial Self-Knowledge Naomi Kloosterboer

    8. Transparency and Memory Benjamin Winokur

    9. Knowledge of One’s Own Credences Ted Parent

    10. Projection, Desire, and Transparency Lauren Ashwell

    11. Transparent Knowledge of One’s Own Actions Jordi Fernández

    12. Transparency and the Second Person: Epistemic Intimacy in Self-Knowledge and Knowledge of Other Minds Cristina Borgoni and Manolo Pinedo

    13. Transparent Self-Knowledge for Social Groups Lukas Schwengerer


    Adam Andreotta is a Lecturer in the School of Management and Marketing at Curtin University. His main research includes the philosophy of self-knowledge and AI ethics. His research has appeared in Synthese, Review of Philosophy and Psychology, Acta Analytica, AI and Society, and elsewhere.

    Benjamin Winokur is an assistant professor of philosophy at the University of Macau. His research spans various topics in epistemology and philosophy of mind, including: self-knowledge, first-person authority, the extended mind, and social epistemology. His research appears in Synthese, The European Journal of Philosophy, Inquiry, Philosophical Psychology, Dialectica, and elsewhere.