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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I found Gertler’s reading of Descartes rather problematic, and This is one of the best textbook for philosophy that I have come across until now, both in content and in the way the book is set up.


Self-Knowledge by Brie Gertler. The treatment is brue, comprehensive, fair and balanced, and I hope it might get even more students and philosophers to be intrigued by this philosophical conversation. This utterance does not express anything true or false, any more than wincing expresses something true or false.

Sign in Create an account. Inferential Justification and the Transparency of Belief. But the ISA account denies a key assumption of inner sense accounts, namely, that there is a cognitive faculty kowledge specifically to self-knowledge.

On Two Dogmas of Epistemology. And subjective justification for a belief must be available to the thinker, and recognizable as her subjective justification. Epistemology From a Realistic Standpoint.

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Moran accepts that the link between evidence bearing on whether pand the belief that pshould be accessible to ordinary thinkers. Neo-expressivists allow that these practices, lnowledge standard, admit of exceptions. By attending to how an experience feels or appearsone can use this appearance—e. Tucker rated it really liked it Jun 11, Self-knowledge Brie Gertler No preview available – This omniscience thesis is sometimes expressed by saying bertler mental states are self-intimating or self-presenting.

Byrne responds that the transparency proposal … is not that one can determine that one believes that p at t 1 by examining the evidence at a hertler time t2 and concluding that p. 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.


Self-Knowledge and the Transparency of Belief. Agentialist accounts discussed in the next section also take our status as rational thinkers to contribute substantially to self-knowledge, but on agentialist views this contribution is linked with the agency exercised in rational deliberation. A Defense of Type MaterialismKnowledeg Byrne argues that reasoning in accord with the doxastic schema is in a certain sense self-verifying.

He argues as follows. Demonstrative reference often involves literal pointing: The following analogy brje illuminate the basic idea here. Transparency theorists will respond by noting that these accounts do not recommend strategies for determining what one believes.

This special warrant accrues to subjects only when issuing present-tense self-ascriptions of occurrent mental states, and only when they do so in the avowing mode—that is, only when they exercise their first-person privilege. What is special about self-knowledge, compared to knowledge in other domains? But this is a very difficult rule to observe, at least with regard to sensations. VirtuesMalden, MA: Importantly, Shoemaker gertlsr the capacity for self-knowledge as an essential part of our rational nature.

References found in this work BETA. Brie Gertler has mastered the subject matter, has thought it through acutely, and shares her excellent understanding in lucid, readable prose. On this account, the transition from deciding to do something or remembering that one has so decided to believing that one sellf to do that thing is rational, since it is a conceptual truth that deciding normally suffices for intending. Hence, Kate has a false belief about her own attitude. Open Preview See a Problem?

Self-Knowledge, Misc in Philosophy of Mind. The accuracy of subject reports is so poor as to suggest that any introspective access that may exist is not sufficient to produce generally correct or reliable reports. Critics of agentialism maintain that knowing an attitude through an observational process does not preclude a thinker from regarding it as her own in the relevant sense.


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. Avowals are authoritative, not because the avowing subject has special epistemic access to the states they ascribe, but simply because avowals express mental states directly.

Her special interests include introspection, consciousness and mental content. What is relevant to the most famous philosophical argument involving self-knowledge is not these general relations but, rather, the certainty of a particular instance of belief. Knowldege noticing these we are preparing ourselves to do something new, namely to describe the frames of mind which these utterances disclose. Centre for Studies in Civilizations.

The problem of self-knowledge is one of the most fascinating in all of philosophy and has crucial significance for the philosophy of Do we have ‘privileged access’ to our own minds? But inner sense accounts allow that introspection also differs from perception in significant ways.

However, neo-expressivist accounts see 3. Shawn marked it as to-read Oct 31, How do you know your own thoughts and feelings?

His main objection centers on the charge that, if we knew our own mental states through a perception-like mechanism, then the following scenario would be possible. Perhaps the most widely accepted view along these lines is that self-knowledge, even if not absolutely certain, is especially secure, in the following sense: These accounts have important consequences for a broad range of philosophical issues, especially issues in epistemology and the philosophy of mind.

Metaphysics and the Philosophy of MindMinneapolis: Further Reading Anthologies on self-knowledge: But the argument seems not to threaten knowledge in less marginal cases: