Agent's Awareness and Knowledge of Our Mental Actions

Lucy O'Brien

in Self-Knowing Agents

Published in print June 2007 | ISBN: 9780199261482
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780191718632 | DOI:
 Agent's Awareness and Knowledge of Our Mental Actions

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This chapter attempted to characterize the nature of an agent's awareness. It argues that an agent's awareness is a familiar feature of active psychological phenomena rather than passive ones, and is therefore a feature of paradigm thoughts and utterances; an agent's awareness is an awareness we can have without conceptualizing or self-ascribing it; and that agent's awareness is a feature of thoughts and utterances that the thought or utterance has by virtue of its mode of occurrence.

Keywords: agent's awareness; self-knowledge; first-order intentionalist approach; non-content-based account; self-awareness; control

Chapter.  13065 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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