The Nature and Reach of Privileged Access

Ram Neta

in Self-Knowledge

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780199590728
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191725456 | DOI:
The Nature and Reach of Privileged Access

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It is generally assumed that an agent has some form of privileged epistemic access to her own narrowly individuated mental states (e.g., her sensory experiences and her beliefs), but that she does not have this same privileged access to her broadly individuated states (e.g., her perceivings and knowings). It is not easy, however, to give an account of what such privileged access consists in, that can explain why this assumption is true. The present chapter attempts to give an account of privileged access, and the account given helps us to understand why the assumption is at least close to being true.

Keywords: belief; imagining; immunity to error; knowledge; privileged access; self-knowledge; memory; visual appearing; warrant

Chapter.  13610 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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