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Self-Knowledge for Humans

Quassim Cassam


Rationalism about self-knowledge, of the kind elaborated and defended by writers such as Moran and Boyle, is an account of self-knowledge for an ideally rational homo philosophicus rather than for homo sapiens. Fast thinking, belief-perseverance, attitude-recalcitrance, and self-ignorance are all respects in which human beings are not homo philosophicus. Rationalism says that what my beliefs and other attitudes are can be determined by reflecting on what they ought rationally to be. This Transparency Method for acquiring self-knowledge is of limited value, and substitutes a harder question for ... More

Keywords: Rationalism, Richard Moran, Matthew Boyle, homo philosophicus, Transparency Method, inferentialism, substantial self-knowledge, inner sense, self-ignorance, value

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199657575
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199657575.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Quassim Cassam, author
University of Warwick