The Unique Status of Self-Knowledge

Akeel Bilgrami

in The Self and Self-Knowledge

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780199590650
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191741043 | DOI:
The Unique Status of Self-Knowledge

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The paper presents an account of self-knowledge that sets it apart because of two properties— transparency and authority—it possesses, not possessed by any other form of knowledge. These properties are analyzed as owing to an irreducibly normative conception of both agency and of intentionality. In the passage of the argument for these conclusions, there is an account of why the fact of self-deception does not amount to a threat to first person authority, and why self-knowledge should be seen as more situated in a framework of freedom and responsibility in both theoretical and practical reason than in a framework defined upon the standard epistemological notions of perception, inference, and even “entitlement”.

Keywords: self-knowledge; intentionality; freedom; agency; authority; transparency; responsibility; self-deception

Chapter.  9182 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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