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Introduction

Annalisa Coliva

in The Self and Self-Knowledge

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780199590650
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191741043 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199590650.003.0001
Introduction

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This Introduction presents the rationale, the background, and the structure of the book. It appears that three features of psychological self-ascriptions need explaining before fruitful scientific research can be conducted on the topics of the self and self-knowledge, namely, the nature of I-thoughts and its metaphysical implications; how we can have knowledge of the kinds of mental states we enjoy; and how we can know their content. While this last issue has been widely researched, especially in connection with externalism about mental content, the other two remain comparatively less understood and are therefore the focus of the volume. The positions of all contributors are placed in the context of present debate on the nature of I-thoughts, the self, and self-knowledge. Finally, a summary of each paper is presented.

Keywords: I-thoughts; self; consciousness; action awareness; self-knowledge; scientific research

Chapter.  7261 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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