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The Opacity of Mind: An Integrative Theory of Self-Knowledge

Peter Carruthers


It is widely believed in philosophy that people have privileged and authoritative access to their own thoughts, and many theories have been proposed to explain this supposed fact. This book challenges the consensus view and subjects the theories in question to critical scrutiny, while showing that they are not protected against the findings of cognitive science by belonging to a separate “explanatory space”. The book argues that our access to our own thoughts is almost always interpretive, grounded in perceptual awareness of our own circumstances and behavior, together with our own sensory ima ... More

Keywords: authority, conscious, expressivism, inner sense, interpretation, introspection, metacognition, mindreading, privilege, propositional attitude, self-knowledge, sensory-access, thought, transparent, working memory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199596195
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199596195.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Carruthers, author
University of Maryland