Springer, Dordrecht


215 Pages

ISBN 978-3-319-98644-9

Contributions to Phenomenology
vol. 96

Third-person self-knowledge, self-interpretation, and narrative

Edited by

Patrizia Pedrini, Julie Kirsch

In recent years, the idea that each person is in a privileged position to acquire knowledge about her own mental states has come under attack. A growing body of empirical research has cast doubt upon the existence of what philosophers call "first person self-knowledge', i.e., knowledge about our mental states that is often thought to be immediate, transparent, and authoritative. This line of thought has led some philosophers to claim that what seems to be "first-person self-knowledge' is really just"third-person self-knowledge,' i.e., knowledge about our mental states that is inferential, opaque, and fallible. This book discusses challenges for first-person knowledge and explores the true nature of third-person knowledge.

Publication details

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-98646-3

Full citation:

Pedrini, P. , Kirsch, J. (eds) (2018). Third-person self-knowledge, self-interpretation, and narrative, Springer, Dordrecht.

Table of Contents


Kirsch Julie; Pedrini Patrizia


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Self-knowing interpreters

Coliva Annalisa


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Extended self-knowledge

Carter Adam; Pritchard Duncan


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The "crux' of internal promptings

Pedrini Patrizia


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Interpreting intuitions

McGahhey Marcus; van Leeuwen Neil


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Interpreting things past

Kirsch Julie


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Self-interpretation as software

Zawidzki Tadeusz


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Identification and self-knowledge

Malatesti Luca; Čeč Filip


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