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 BermÃºdez, 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.
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 BermÃºdez; How to draw ontological conclusions from introspective data, Brie Gertler; Consiousness and self-knowledge, Ernest Sosa; Index.