ISBN : 9780199590728

Anthony Hatzimoysis
304 Pages
159 x 238 mm
Pub date
Mar 2011
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Self-knowledge has always been a central topic of philosophical inquiry. It is hard to think of a major philosopher, from ancient times to the present, who refrained from pronouncing on the nature, the importance, or the limitations of one's knowing of oneself as oneself. What makes self-knowledge such a perplexing phenomenon? The essays featured in this collection seek to deepen our understanding of self-knowledge, to solve some of the genuine (and to resolve some of the spurious) problems that hold back philosophical progress on that front, and to assess the value of some classic moves in the debate over the epistemic status of self-ascriptions. Some of the chapters discuss features of self-knowledge that appear to account for its unique - and, in that sense, peculiar - status; some advance straight for solving crucial problems; and others take a step back to consider the terms in which we set the questions to which a philosophical theory of self-knowledge is to provide the answer. Through their rigorous argumentation regarding the issues of reflection, introspection, deliberation, rationality, belief-formation, and epistemic warrant, the contributors illustrate how the specific problems that surround the topic of self-knowledge, instead of being approached as peripheral cases to which ready-made epistemological theories can be applied, may themselves illuminate some fundamental issues in the theory of knowledge.


1. The Nature and Reach of Privileged Access
2. Representationalism, First-Person Authority, and Second-Order Knowledge
3. Anti-Individualism, Self-Knowledge, and Epistemic Possibility: Further Reflections on a Puzzle About Doubt
4. McKinsey One More Time
5. Knowing that I am Thinking
6. Self-Knowledge and the Transparency of Belief
7. Deflationary Self-knowledge
8. Neo-Expressivism
9. Neo-Expressivism: Avowals' Security and Privileged Self-Knowledge
10. Viewing the Inner
11. Self-knowledge and the sense of 'I'
12. English speakers should use "I" to refer to themselves
13. Deliberation and the First Person

About the author: 

Anthony Hatzimoysis is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the History and Philosophy of Science Department of the University of Athens, and Visiting Fellow in Epistemology at Manchester Business School; previously Lecturer at the University College London and the University of Manchester, and Director of the Royal Institute of Philosophy branch at Manchester. He has published extensively in philosophy of mind and values, including the volume Philosophy and the Emotions (Cambridge University Press).

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