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Privileged Access

Philosophical Accounts of Self-Knowledge, 1st Edition

Edited by Brie Gertler


288 pages

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How do you grasp the contents of your mind - your desires, your fears, your sensations, your beliefs? We typically think that we are better able to discern our own mental states than others are. But is this correct? And if it is, what explains your special or 'privileged' access to your own states? Privileged Access is a comprehensive anthology of new and seminal essays, by leading philosophers, about the nature of self-knowledge. Most of the essays are new, including specially commissioned contributions from such prominent thinkers as Bermúdez, Dretske, Lycan, Sosa and others, but the anthology also includes reprints of classic articles by Boghossian, Shoemaker, Wright and others. The volume provides for an in-depth understanding of contemporary answers to key philosophical questions which have strongly influenced developments in epistemology, ontology, and the philosophy of mind since Descartes. Featuring an introductory chapter outlining the main currents of thought about self-knowledge, this comprehensive collection of cutting-edge philosophical work will prove an invaluable resource for students and researchers alike.

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction; How do you know you are not a zombie?, Fred Dretske; Dretske's ways of introspecting, William G. Lycan; Representationalism and the transparency of experience, Michael Tye; Knowing what it's like, Joseph Levine; Is introspection inferential?, Murat Aydede; Content and self-knowledge, Paul Boghossian; Conscious attitudes, attention, and self-knowledge, Christopher Peacocke; On knowing one's own mind, Sydney Shoemaker; Self-knowledge and rationality: Shoemaker on self-blindness, Charles Siewert; Wittgenstein's later philosophy of mind: sensation, privacy, and intention, Crispin Wright; Self-knowledge: discovery, resolution, and undoing, Richard Moran; Knowing selves: expression, truth, and knowledge, Dorit Bar-On and Douglas C. Long; The elusiveness thesis, immunity to error through misidentification and privileged access, José Luis Bermúdez; How to draw ontological conclusions from introspective data, Brie Gertler; Consiousness and self-knowledge, Ernest Sosa; Index.

About the Series

Ashgate Epistemology and Mind Series

Ashgate Epistemology and Mind Series
The Ashgate Epistemology and Mind series presents contemporary international research at the intersection of metaphysics, epistemology, mind and language. Rooted in an awareness of the great epistemological and metaphysical issues dominating early modern philosophy, but focussed on contemporary, cutting edge research, the series aims to be inclusive and titles cross sub-disciplinary boundaries and integrate philosophy with psychology and other social sciences and the sciences. Offering research-led, yet intellectually accessible, stimulating new contributions to each topic for a wide international breadth of readers, each book breaks new ground in contemporary research to stimulate fresh debate in epistemology and philosophy of mind. This series of individually authored books is framed by a cluster of specially commissioned volumes of essay collections edited by leading scholars in the field. Particular focus areas for the series include: The A Priori; Other Minds; Psychological Explanation; Rationality and Norms of Reason; Empiricism; Contextualism; Direct Perception; Virtue Epistemology; Deductive Argument; Transcendental Arguments; Emotion & Expression; Privileged Access and First Person Authority.

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