David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Synthese 145 (3):467-495 (2004)
Knowing one’s past thoughts and attitudes is a vital sort of self-knowledge. In the absence of memorial impressions to serve as evidence, we face a pressing question of how such self-knowledge is possible. Recently, philosophers of mind have argued that self-knowledge of past attitudes supervenes on rationality. I examine two kinds of argument for this supervenience claim, one from cognitive dynamics, and one from practical rationality, and reject both. I present an alternative account, on which knowledge of past attitudes is inferential knowledge, and depends upon contingent facts of one’s rationality and consistency. Failures of self-knowledge are better explained by the inferential account
|Keywords||Diachronic Epistemology Inference Past Rationality Self-knowledge Supervenience|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Danilo Fraga Dantas (2010). Know Thyself: Externalism and Self-Knowledge of Past Atittudes. Kinesis 2 (3):157 – 174.
Ingemar Nordin (2000). Expert and Non-Expert Knowledge in Medical Practice. Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy 3 (3):295-302.
Danny Frederick (2010). Two Concepts Of Rationality. Libertarian Papers 2 (5):1-21.
Bryson Brown (2006). Skepticism About the Past and the Problem of the Criterion. Croatian Journal of Philosophy 6 (2):291-306.
Crispin Wright, Barry C. Smith & Cynthia Macdonald (eds.) (1998). Knowing Our Own Minds. Oxford University Press.
Edward Stein (1996). Without Good Reason: The Rationality Debate in Philosophy and Cognitive Science. Oxford University Press.
William Child (2006). Memory, Expression, and Past-Tense Self-Knowledge. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 73 (1):54–76.
Sheryle Drewe (2001). The Value of Knowledge/Rationality or the Knowledge/Rationality of Value?: Implications for Education. Studies in Philosophy and Education 20 (3):235-244.
Thomas Spitzley (2009). Self-Knowledge and Rationality. Erkenntnis 71 (1):73 - 88.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads40 ( #42,241 of 1,100,989 )
Recent downloads (6 months)7 ( #34,406 of 1,100,989 )
How can I increase my downloads?