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The Philosophy of Metacognition: Mental Agency and Self-Awareness

Joëlle Proust


Does metacognition, i.e. the capacity to form epistemic self-evaluations about one’s current cognitive performance, derive from a mindreading capacity, or does it rely, at least in part, on sui generis informational processes? This book defends the second position. Drawing on discussions of empirical evidence from comparative, developmental, and experimental psychology, as well as from neuroscience, and on conceptual analyses, it purports to show that, in contrast with analytic metacognition, procedural metacognition does not need to involve metarepresentations. Procedural metacognition seems ... More

Keywords: Metacognition, metarepresentation, epistemic norms, mindreading, cognitive control and monitoring, noetic feelings

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199602162
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199602162.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joëlle Proust, author
Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris