Intermediate-Strength Transparent-Access Theories

Peter Carruthers

in The Opacity of Mind

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780199596195
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191731549 | DOI:
Intermediate-Strength Transparent-Access Theories

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This chapter outlines and critiques a number of intermediate-strength theories of self-knowledge. These either violate the restrictions imposed by the interpretive sensory-access (ISA) theory without yet going so far as to suggest dedicated channels of access to attitudes, or they are inner sense views that are restricted to a specific class of mental events. One of these accounts claims that representations in sensory-based working memory are tagged to indicate their attitude of origin. Another postulates the existence of a non-sensory form of working memory in which attitudes themselves can be globally broadcast. The third account claims that we can have transparent knowledge of our own active intentions and mental actions through the efference copies that they create.

Keywords: action; attitudes; forward model; general intelligence; interpretive; efference copy; mirror neuron; tagging; source monitoring; working memory

Chapter.  18239 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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