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Knowing That I Am Thinking

Alex Byrne

in Self-Knowledge

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780199590728
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191725456 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199590728.003.0006
Knowing That I Am Thinking

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We often know that we are thinking, and what we are thinking about. That is a platitude, yet it is obscure how we know these things. The chapter defends the suggestion that one can know that one is thinking about x by “hearing” oneself speak about x in inner speech.

Keywords: belief; epistemic rules; imagination; inner sense; inner speech; introspection; knowledge; McKinsey paradox; privileged access; proprioception; self-knowledge; thinking

Chapter.  9444 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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