Introspection and Consciousness

Introspection and Consciousness

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The topic of introspection stands at the interface between questions in epistemology about the nature of self-knowledge and questions in the philosophy of mind about the nature of consciousness. What is the nature of introspection such that it provides us with a distinctive way of knowing about our own conscious mental states? And what is the nature of consciousness such that we can know about our own conscious mental states by introspection? How should we understand
the relationship between consciousness and introspective self-knowledge? Should we explain consciousness in terms of introspective self-knowledge or vice versa?

Until recently, questions in epistemology and the philosophy of mind were pursued largely in isolation from one another. This volume aims to integrate these two lines of research by bringing together fourteen new essays and one reprinted essay on the relationship between introspection, self-knowledge, and consciousness.
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  • Hardback | 448 pages
  • 163 x 237 x 34mm | 728g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New
  • 0199744793
  • 9780199744794
  • 1,770,522

Table of contents

I. Skepticism about Introspection ; 1. Introspection, What?, Eric Schwitzgebel ; 2. Awareness and Authority: Skeptical Doubts About Self-Knowledge, Fred Dretske ; 3. Knowledge of Perception, Daniel Stoljar ; II. Theories of Introspection ; 4. Renewed Acquaintance, Brie Gertler ; 5. On the Phenomenology of Introspection, Charles Siewert ; 6. The Epistemology of Introspection, Ernest Sosa ; 7. Knowing What I See, Alex Byrne ; 8. Self-Knowledge, 'Transparency', and the Forms of Activity, Richard Moran ; III. Constitutivism ; 9. Self-Intimation and Second Order Belief, Sydney Shoemaker ; 10. A Simple Theory of Introspection, Declan Smithies ; 11. Judgment as a Guide to Belief, Nicholas Silins ; 12. Discrimination and Self-Knowledge, Patrick Greenough ; IV. Introspection and the Nature of Experience ; 13. Introspection, Explanation and Perceptual Experience: Resisting Metaphysical Disjunctivism, Aaron Zimmerman ; 14. Mind-Independence and Visual Phenomenology, Maja Spener ; 15. Introspection About Phenomenal Consciousness: Running the Gamut from Infallibility to Incompetence, Terry Horgan
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an excellent collection of essays on introspection and consciousness ... The essays contain a wealth of new and challenging material sure to excite specialists and shape future research * Michael Roche and William Roche, The Philosophical Quartely * Anyone interested in [introspection] should read this volume. But be warned; although the writing is of a high standard and refreshingly free from unnecessary jargon, the book is demanding. The editors have, though, been kind to us. The introduction is outstanding. * Frank Jackson, Australian Book Review *
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About Declan Smithies

Declan Smithies is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the Ohio State University and was until recently Postdoctoral Fellow in Philosophy at the Australian National University. He received his BA in Philosophy and Theology from the University of Oxford and his PhD in Philosophy from New York University. He works on a range of issues in epistemology and the philosophy of mind, including consciousness, intentionality, concepts, perception,
introspection, attention, belief, justification, and knowledge.

Daniel Stoljar is Professor of Philosophy at the Australian National University. He received his BA from the University of Sydney and his PhD from MIT. He works on a range of issues in philosophy of mind, metaethics, epistemology and metaphysics.
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