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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When we see, hear, smell, taste, feel, meditate, or will any thing, we know that we do so. Academic Tools How to cite this entry. The differences between these are subtle.

Oxford University Press ed. 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.

This would quickly lead to a regress, which could be blocked only by positing a state that somehow comprehends itself. I can pay heed to what I overhear you saying as well as to what I overhear myself saying, though I cannot overhear your silent colloquies with yourself.

A common objection to even limited infallibility claims is the idea, often attributed to Wittgenstein, that where one cannot be wrong, one cannot be right either. Inner sense accounts are not likely to appeal to those who take self-knowledge to brke on internal or accessible reasons for belief.


Some critics charge that acquaintance accounts construe introspective beliefs as too close to their objects to qualify as genuine, substantial knowledge.

Including helpful chapter summaries, annotated further reading and a glossary, Self Knowledge is essential reading for those interested in philosophy of mind, epistemology, and personal identity. 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.

However, neo-expressivist accounts see 3. Refresh and try again. But his view is not merely that, as thinkers responsible for our attitudes, we must be capable of coming to know them Moran would add: Awareness of the self Self-knowledge is especially secure, epistemically.

Sf Kuan marked it as to-read Apr 03, The accuracy khowledge 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.

Nagarjuna – – In N. The idea that we know our mental states through acquaintance with them is usually associated with Russellbut such accounts trace their lineage at least to Descartes. Demonstrative reference often involves literal pointing: Self-Knowledge and the Transparency of Knowledye.

Self-Knowledge by Brie Gertler (ebook)

Books by Brie Gertler. John Knowledgf – – Philosophical Explorations 14 2: This latter claim is also advanced by Coliva awho develops a version of agentialism she calls constructivism. She is not committed to a particular account of how avowals constitute knowledge, but she presents a number of approaches compatible with her neo-expressivism. By contrast, I may be aware that it rained last night only by being aware of the wet pavement; and, more controversially, my visual experience may mediate between my awareness of the pavement and the pavement kniwledge.


Expression and Self-KnowledgeOxford: Agentialists maintain that our rational agency guarantees that we are capable of—or even that we possess—self-knowledge.

Insofar as rationalist accounts invoke highly demanding bre of rationality, one may reasonably wonder whether they truly describes the situation of cognitively flawed creatures like us. Larisa marked it as to-read Oct 03, It provides a good introduction to the topic of self-knowledge, and Gertler does a very good job explaining the different positions and the current debate around them also pointing at further reading after each chapter.

These gert,er accounts will be discussed in subsection 3. Related Entries belief certainty consciousness consciousness: The accounts of self-knowledge outlined thus far share a common feature: Properly so, since the former are the more secure. But consider the following passage from Locke.

But our social-linguistic practice of treating others as authorities on their own states cries out for explanation: There remains sensations, emotions and appetites. At some point she feels barely cold, and truly believes that she feels cold.