On first-person authority


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Jane Heal
Cambridge University
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How are we to explain the authority we have in pronouncing on our own thoughts? A 'constitutive' theory, on which a second-level belief may help to constitute the first-level state it is about, has considerable advantages, for example in relieving pressures towards dualism. The paper aims to exploit an analogy between authority in performative utterances and authority on the psychological to get a clearer view of how such a constitutive account might work and its metaphysical presuppositions
Keywords Authority  First Person  Language  Performatives  Psychology
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DOI 10.1111/j.0066-7372.2003.00040.x
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