Self-Knowledge and Self-Discovery

Marcia Cavell

in Becoming a Subject

Published in print February 2006 | ISBN: 9780199287086
Published online September 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603921 | DOI:
 Self-Knowledge and Self-Discovery

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Self-knowledge is supposed to be transforming. Yet ordinarily, knowledge by itself has no effect on the object known. This chapter discusses the phenomenon of first-person authority; ‘the ocular view’ of self-knowledge and an alternative account; and self-knowledge with regard to beliefs and to emotions. It argues that self-discovery often requires a dialectic between the first-person and the third-person points of view in relation to one’s self.

Keywords: first-person authority; introspection; self-discovery; self-knowledge; beliefs; emotions

Chapter.  6537 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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