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Four Essays on Self-Knowledge

Doyle, Casey (2015) Four Essays on Self-Knowledge. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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I defend a Constitutivist account of self-knowledge of the intentional attitudes consisting of two claims. First, for a class of self-beliefs, believing that you are in a mental state guarantees being in that state. Second, for a class of mental states, being in that state can be a source of knowledge that you are in it. The first thesis must be accepted in order to explain unique features of self-knowledge including its value, the roles it plays in reasoning, and the way in which it enables self-expression. The second thesis must be accepted in order to maintain the view that in inference a subject takes it that her premises support her conclusion.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
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ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee CoChairMcDowell, John
Committee CoChairSetiya, Kieran
Committee MemberSchafer, Karl
Committee MemberMachery, Edouard
Date: 18 June 2015
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 6 April 2015
Approval Date: 18 June 2015
Submission Date: 17 April 2015
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 139
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Philosophy
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Self-Knowledge
Date Deposited: 18 Jun 2015 15:17
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 14:27


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