Inner Sense Theories

Peter Carruthers

in The Opacity of Mind

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780199596195
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191731549 | DOI:
Inner Sense Theories

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The goal of this chapter is to explain and provide a preliminary evaluation of so-called “inner sense” accounts of self-knowledge, contrasting them with the interpretive sensory-access (ISA) theory. There are a trio of such accounts to be considered. These are distinguished from one another by the varied relationships that they postulate between inner sense and other-directed mindreading. The predictions made by each are extracted and compared with those of the ISA theory. Evidence relating to the developmental emergence of self-knowledge and other-knowledge is evaluated, as is evidence that recognition of the emotions of others depends upon awareness of the corresponding emotion in ourselves. In addition, introspection-sampling evidence of amodal “unsymbolozed” thinking is considered.

Keywords: development; emotion recognition; Goldman; Hurlburt; inner sense; mindreading; metacognition; Nichols; simulation; Stich; unsymbolized thinking

Chapter.  15544 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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