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Knowing Our Own Minds by Crispin Wright
Book DescriptionSelf-knowledge is the focus of considerable attention from philosophers: Knowing Our Own Minds gives a much-needed overview of current work on the subject, bringing together new essays by leading figures. Knowledge of one's own sensations, desires, intentions, thoughts, beliefs, and other attitudes is characteristically different from other kinds of knowledge, such as knowledge of other people's mental attributes: it has greater immediacy, authority, and salience. The first six chapters examine philosophical questions raised by these features of self-knowledge. The next two look at the role of our knowledge of our own psychological states in our functioning as rational agents. The third group of essays examine the tension between the distinctive characteristics of self-knowledge and arguments that psychological content is externally - socially and environmentally - determined. The final pair of chapters extend the discussion to knowledge of one's own language. Together these original, stimulating, and closely interlinked essays demonstrate the special relevance of self-knowledge to a broad range of issues in epistemology, philosophy of mind, and philosophy of language.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780199241408
(234mm x 156mm x 25mm)
Imprint: Clarendon Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 19-Oct-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Crispin Wright
Reason's Proper Study, Paperback (November 2003)
Addresses fundamental questions: What is mathematics about, and, How do we know it? This work features introduction, postscript, bibliographies, and an essay on a key problem. It offers a presentation of the controversial neo-Fregean view that mathematical knowledge may be based a priori on logic and definitional abstraction principles.
Saving the Differences, Hardback (July 2003)
Crispin Wright's "Truth and Objectivity" brought about a reorientation of the metaphysical debates concerning realism and truth. The essays in this companion volume prefigure, elaborate or defend the proposals put forward in that landmark work.
Companion to Philosophy of Language, Paperback (April 1999)
This volume provides a survey of contemporary philosophy of language. As well as providing a synoptic view of the key issues, figures, concepts and debates, each essay makes new and original contributions to ongoing debate.
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Gives an overview of work on the subject of self-knowledge, bringing together essays by leading figures. This book examines philosophical questions raised by the distinctive character of self-knowledge, relating it to knowledge of other minds, to rationality and agency, externalist theories of psychological content, and knowledge of language.
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Author Biography - Crispin Wright
Barry C. Smith is Lecturer in Philosophy at Birkbeck College, London. Crispin Wright is a Fellow of the British Academy and Professor of Logic and Metaphysics at the University of St Andrews; he was formerly Nelson Professor of Philosophy at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Cynthia Macdonald is Professor of Philosophy, University of Canterbury, New Zealand.
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