Knowing One's Own Mind

Donald Davidson

in Subjective, Intersubjective, Objective

Published in print September 2001 | ISBN: 9780198237532
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597312 | DOI:

Series: The Philosophical Essays of Donald Davidson (5 Volumes)

Knowing One's Own Mind

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Is an attempt to resolve the following apparent difficulty: given that the contents of our minds are in part determined by external factors of which we are ignorant, how is it possible for us to know these contents without the need to appeal to evidence? Davidson resolves this difficulty by, among other things, giving up the idea of ‘objects before the mind’, for the attributes of such objects cannot be hidden from the agent.

Keywords: content; evidence; external factors; knowing one's own mind; mind; objects before the mind

Chapter.  10436 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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