Perception and Practical Knowledge

Philosophical Explorations 14 (2):137-152 (2011)
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Abstract

According to G.E.M. Anscombe, an agent’s knowledge of his own intentional actions differs from his knowledge of his unintended behaviors as well as the knowledge others can have of what he intentionally does, in being secured “without observation”. I begin by posing a problem for any conception of this theory according to which non-observational knowledge must be independent of sense-perception, and criticize several recent attempts to get around the problem. Having done this, I develop an alternative account of non-observational knowledge according to which its special character consists in the particular causal role of an agent’s self-awareness in bringing his intentional actions about.

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John Schwenkler
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Intention.Kieran Setiya - 2009 - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
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