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The Philosophy of MetacognitionMental Agency and Self-Awareness$
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Joëlle Proust

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199602162

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199602162.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

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(p.1) 1 Introduction
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The Philosophy of Metacognition
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Joëlle Proust

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199602162.003.0001

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.

Keywords:   Procedural metacognition, cognitive agency, mindreading, self-attribution, control, meta-memory

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