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Introspection and Consciousness$
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Declan Smithies and Daniel Stoljar

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199744794

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199744794.001.0001

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Introspection about Phenomenal Consciousness: Running the Gamut from Infallibility to Impotence

Introspection about Phenomenal Consciousness: Running the Gamut from Infallibility to Impotence

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(p.405) 15 Introspection about Phenomenal Consciousness: Running the Gamut from Infallibility to Impotence
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Introspection and Consciousness
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Terry Horgan

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199744794.003.0015

This chapter’s project is to critically scrutinize the idea that because the intrinsic character of phenomenal consciousness is self-presenting, introspection concerning current phenomenal character is an extremely reliable belief-forming process, perhaps even an infallible one. The chapter argues that there are (at least) three kinds of introspectively produced phenomenal beliefs: (1) ones that are especially reliable, (2) ones that are outright infallible, and (3) ones that are not reliable on the basis of introspection alone. To illustrate type (3), the chapter argues that introspection by itself is virtually impotent as way to form certain sorts of beliefs about the intrinsic character of agentive phenomenology.

Keywords:   phenomenal consciousness, phenomenal beliefs, self-presenting beliefs, introspective reliability, introspective infallibility, introspective impotence, agentive phenomenology

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