Nov 25, The problem of self-knowledge is one of the most fascinating in all of In this outstanding introduction Brie Gertler assesses the leading. Self-Knowledge has 14 ratings and 3 reviews. Sara said: A good intro to a still very new subject but the author was really very biased in her analysis of. Feb 7, In philosophy, “self-knowledge” standardly refers to knowledge of one’s . in direct introspective apprehension of a sensation (Gertler ;.

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Jack rated it liked it Jan 26, Including helpful chapter summaries, gerttler further reading and a glossary, Self Knowledge is essential reading for those interested in philosophy of mind, epistemology, and personal identity. Culture, Experience, Self-UnderstandingCambridge: Do we have ‘privileged access’ to our own minds?

As Goldman notes, we can fix the range of introspective reliability only by using introspection and evaluating its results for internal coherence and for consistency with other sources. How plausible are these transparency accounts? Within the class of transparency accounts, there are profoundly differing views about how self-knowledge hertler achieved and its epistemic status.


Epistemic Norms in Epistemology. The only part that did not live up to this level was the historical introduction.

I would subdivide the problem into two parts. The transition from judging that p a conscious, occurrent state to believing that one believes that p that is, to self-attributing a dispositional belief is a rational one, on this view, because judging is conceptually linked with believing: This self-conception is also a conception of oneself as rationalas a thing that believes and intends etc.


Many of our mental states, such as itches and tickles, are states we simply undergo. The book concludes with a critical explication of the dispute between empiricist and rationalist approaches. Suki Bapswent is currently reading it Nov 17, Agentialist accounts discussed in the next section also take our tertler as rational thinkers to contribute substantially to self-knowledge, but on agentialist views this contribution is linked with the agency exercised in rational deliberation.

On this view, we ascertain our own thoughts by looking outward, to the states of the world they represent. These accounts require only that, under certain conditions, the phenomenal reality of an experience constitutes its epistemic appearance Horgan and Kriegel ; Gertler Peacocke argues that, in a broadly similar way, a conscious judgment that p can serve as a direct reason for my self-attributing the belief that pwithout my having any distinct awareness of that judgment.

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Add to Cart Add to Cart. Sign in to use this feature. We can generate an even more plausible thesis by limiting this restricted infallibility claim to pains and other sensations. Importantly, Shoemaker sees the capacity for self-knowledge as an essential part of our rational nature. Mirror Sites View this site from another server: Beginning with an outline of the distinction between self-knowledge and self-awareness and providing essential historical background to the problem, Gertler addresses specific theories of self-knowledge such as the acquaintance theory, the inner sense theory, and the rationalist theory, as well as leading accounts of self-awareness.

Some theorists who take this line maintain that there is a causal gap between a perceptual state and its object, and this gap introduces sources of error that are absent in direct introspective apprehension of a sensation Gertler ; Horgan ; Siewert The first-person authority view diagnoses the authority granted to self-attributions in non-epistemic terms. Feb 18, Sara rated it it was ok.


Philosophical Accounts of Self-KnowledgeAldershot: Since most of the leading arguments for mind-body dualism depend on the claim that our epistemic relations to mental states diverge in crucial ways from our epistemic relations to physical objects, the claim that the mental xelf epistemically continuous with the nonmental paves the way for assimilating mentality to the nonmental realm ontologically as well.

University of Minnesota Press. The notion that inner observation is the special method by which we achieve self-knowledge is central to the acquaintance and inner sense accounts see 3.

Good Knowledge, Bad Knowledge: The problem of self-knowledge is one of the most fascinating in all of philosophy and has crucial significance for the philosophy of mind and epistemology. On such accounts, and in contrast to knowlfdge accounts, the connection between the introspected state the input and the introspective state the output is causal and contingent. Among Gertler’s other fields of study are epistemology and the philosophy of language. Since dogs are not usually thought to possess self-knowledge, this analogy raises the question: