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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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Knowledge of Perception

Knowledge of Perception

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(p.65) 3 Knowledge of Perception
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Introspection and Consciousness
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Daniel Stoljar

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199744794.003.0003

According to Fred Dretske’ evidence argument I cannot know that that I am seeing my son (and other simple first-personal present tense psychological facts). However, since I can and do know these things, something is wrong with the evidence argument. What? I suggest that the argument overlooks a distinction between evidential and explanatory readings of its key phrases. However, I also suggest that in order to defend this diagnosis, one must acknowledge a significant element of rationality in the relevant notion of explanation. This chapter closes by comparing my proposal with an alternative.

Keywords:   knowledge, evidence, perception, introspection, self-knowledge, Dretske

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