Externalism and Self-Knowledge

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One of the most provocative projects in recent analytic philosophy has been the development of the doctrine of externalism, or, as it is often called, anti-individualism. While there is no agreement as to whether externalism is true or not, a number of recent investigations have begun to explore the question of what follows if it is true. One of the most interesting of these investigations thus far has been the question of whether externalism has consequences for the doctrine that we have authoritative, a priori self-knowledge of our mental states.

The selected works presented in this volume, some previously published, some new, are representative of this debate and open up new questions and issues for philosophical investigation, including the connection between externalism, self-knowledge, epistemic warrant, and memory.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Pt. I Externalism and Authoritative Self-Knowledge-Preliminaries 17
1 Descartes on Self-Knowledge 19
2 Individualism and the Mental 21
Pt. II Externalism and Authoritative Self-Knowledge are Compatible 85
3 Knowing One's Own Mind 87
4 Individualism and Self-Knowledge 111
5 Privileged Access 129
Pt. III Externalism and Authoritative Self-Knowledge are Incompatible 147
6 Content and Self-Knowledge 149
7 Anti-Individualism and Privileged Access 175
8 The Incompatibility of Anti-Individualism and Privileged Access 185
Pt. IV The Compatibilists Respond 195
9 What An Anti-Individualist Knows A Priori 197
10 The Brown-McKinsey Charge of Inconsistency 207
11 Privileged Self-Knowledge and Externalism are Compatible 215
Pt. V Externalism, Self-Knowledge and Epistemic Warrant 223
12 Externalism, Self-Knowledge, and the Prevalence of Slow Switching 225
13 Externalism, Privileged Self-Knowledge, and the Irrelevance of Slow Switching 231
14 On the Relevance of Slow Switching 235
15 Our Entitlement to Self-Knowledge 239
16 Our Entitlement to Self-Knowledge: Entitlement, Self-Knowledge and Conceptual Redeployment 265
Pt. VI Externalism, Self-Knowledge and Memory 305
17 Social Externalism, Self-Knowledge, and Memory 307
18 Social Externalism and Memory: A Problem? 311
19 Externalism and Memory 319
20 Self-Knowledge and Closure 333
21 Memory and Self-Knowledge 351
Supplemental Bibliography 371
Name Index 377
Subject Index 381
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