Deliberation and the First Person

David Owens

in Self-Knowledge

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780199590728
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191725456 | DOI:
Deliberation and the First Person

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Philosophers like Shoemaker and Burge argue that only self-conscious creatures can exercise rational control over their mental lives. In particular they urge that reflective rationality requires possession of the I-concept, the first-person concept. These philosophers maintain that rational creatures like ourselves can exercise reflective control over belief as well as action. This chapter agrees that we have this sort of control over our actions and that practical freedom presupposes self-consciousness, but denies that anything like this is true of belief.

Keywords: attention; belief; deliberation; desire; first person; imagination; intention; introspection; judgment; justification; knowledge; memory; privileged access; rationality; reasoning; reflection; self-consciousness; thinking

Chapter.  9001 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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