Philosophical Studies 165 (3):1177-1186 (2013)

Declan Smithies
Ohio State University
In his provocative and engaging new book, Perplexities of Consciousness, Eric Schwitzgebel makes a compelling case that introspection is unreliable in the sense that we are prone to ignorance and error in making introspective judgments about our own conscious experience. My aim in this commentary is to argue that Schwitzgebel’s thesis about the unreliability of introspection does not have the damaging implications that he claims it does for the prospects of a broadly Cartesian approach to epistemology
Keywords Introspection  Self-knowledge  Consciousness  Experience  Unreliability  Brute error  Basing error  Cartesian epistemology  Eric Schwitzgebel
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DOI 10.1007/s11098-013-0150-6
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