The Transparency of Mental Content

Philosophical Perspectives 8:33-50 (1994)
  Copy   BIBTEX

Abstract

I believe that the notion of epistemic transparency does play an important role in our ordinary conception of mental content and I want to say what that role is. Unfortunately, the task is a large one; here I am able only to begin on its outline. I shall proceed somewhat indirectly, beginning with a discussion of externalist conceptions of mental content. I shall show that such conceptions violate epistemic transparency to an extent that has not been fully appreciated. Subsequently, I shall look at the implications of this violation and at the reconstructive project that a rejection of transparency entails. I am inclined to think it unlikely that we will get a conception of propositional content that underwrites epistemic transparency. But I am concerned that we have not fully appreciated the role that transparency currently plays and the work that would need to be done were we to discard it.

Links

PhilArchive



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 76,479

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

Aidws in Epictetus.Rachana Kamtekar - 1998 - Classical Philology 93:136-160.
Deterrence and deontology.Jeff McMahan - 1985 - Ethics 95 (3):517-536.
Death and the value of life.Jeff McMahan - 1988 - Ethics 99 (1):32-61.
Whose body is it, anyway?Holly M. Smith - 1992 - Philosophical Perspectives 6:73-96.
Descartes’s Theory of Distinction.Paul Hoffman - 2002 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 64 (1):57-78.
Culpable ignorance.Holly Smith - 1983 - Philosophical Review 92 (4):543-571.
Whose body is it, anyway?Holly M. Smith - 1983 - Noûs 17 (1):76.

Analytics

Added to PP
2009-01-28

Downloads
284 (#42,815)

6 months
6 (#134,213)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Author's Profile

Paul Boghossian
New York University

Citations of this work

Mental Files.François Recanati - 2012 - Oxford University Press.
The Phenomenology of Cognition: Or What Is It Like to Think That P?David Pitt - 2004 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 69 (1):1-36.
Logical Form: Between Logic and Natural Language.Andrea Iacona - 2018 - Cham, Switzerland: Springer Verlag.
Bootstrapping our way to samesaying.Laura Schroeter - 2012 - Synthese 189 (1):177-197.
Why be an anti-individualist?Laura Schroeter - 2008 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 77 (1):105-141.

View all 71 citations / Add more citations

References found in this work

No references found.

Add more references