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Our Knowledge of the Internal World

Robert C. Stalnaker


On the traditional Cartesian picture, knowledge of one's own current inner experience is the unproblematic foundation for all knowledge. The philosophical problem is to explain how we move beyond this knowledge to form a conception of an external world, and to know that the world answers to our conception. This book is in the anti-Cartesian tradition that seeks to reverse the order of explanation, arguing that we can understand our knowledge of our thoughts and feeling only by situating ourselves in a conception of an external world. The argument begins with Frank Jackson's famous example of M ... More

Keywords: acquaintance, phenomenal character, anti-individualism, possible worlds, propositional content, contextualism, foundationalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199545995
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199545995.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert C. Stalnaker, author
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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