Speaking My Mind

Speaking My Mind : Expression and Self-Knowledge

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Dorit Bar-On develops and defends an original view of avowals and self-knowledge which offers systematic answers to many persistent questions concerning our ability to know our own minds. According to Bar-On's Neo-Expressivist view, avowals - those everyday spontaneous pronouncements that we make about our own present states of mind - are acts through which we directly express, rather than merely report, the very mental conditions the avowals ascribe. Verbal acts of
speaking our minds are thus similar to natural expressions, such as sighing, or smiling; they show, rather than simply telling of our present states of mind. Drawing on resources from the philosophy of language and of mind, the theory of action, and epistemology, Bar-On argues, as against many
expressivists and their critics, that an expressivist explanation is consistent with a non-deflationary view of self-knowledge and a robust realism about mental states.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 464 pages
  • 162 x 240 x 32mm | 829g
  • Clarendon Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New
  • 0199263205
  • 9780199263202

Table of contents

I. Introduction: The Special Security of Some 'I' Talk ; II. Using 'I' as 'Subject': Cartesian Reference or No Reference? ; III. 'I'-Ascriptions: The Semantic and the Epistemic ; IV. The Epistemic Approach to Avowals' Security: Introspection and Transparency ; V. Content Externalism, Skepticism, and the Recognitional Conception of Self-Knowledge ; VI. The Distinctive Security of Avowals: Ascriptive Immunity to Error Beyond Security in Content Assignment ; VII. Avowals: 'Grammar' and Expression ; VIII. Avowals: Expression, Content, and Truth ; IX. Speaking My Mind: Expression, Truth, and Self-Knowledge ; X. Speaking My Mind: Grammar, Epistemology, and (Some) Ontology ; Bibliography ; Index
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It is ambitious, it is long, and it is difficult, but it is well worth the effort. This is a rich book; rich in topics, in argumentation, and in philosophical imagination and insight. It deserves the attention of all who work in mind and language. * Joseph Owens, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews *
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