An initial working definition of metacognition is presented that is neutral between the two views (evaluativism versus attributivism) that are discussed throughout the book: metacognition is ‘a set of capacities through which an operational cognitive subsystem is evaluated or represented by another in a context sensitive way’. The various claims in favour of the existence of a procedural form of metacognition, whose function is restricted to evaluating one’s own epistemic/cognitive states, are summarized, and the general motivation of inscribing metacognition within mental agency is explained. A brief summary of the chapters is provided.
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