Self-Reflection for the Opaque Mind

Self-Reflection for the Opaque Mind

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This volume attempts to solve a grave problem about critical self-reflection. The worry is that we critical thinkers are all in qepistemic bad faithq in light of what psychology tells us. After all, the research shows not merely that we are bad at detecting qego-threateningq thoughts An la Freud. It also indicates that we are ignorant of even our ordinary thoughtsa€”e.g., reasons for our moral judgments of others (Haidt 2001), and even mundane reasons for buying one pair of stockings over another! (Nisbett a Wilson 1977) However, reflection on onea€™s thoughts requires knowing what those thoughts are in the first place. So if ignorance is the norm, why attempt self-reflection? The activity would just display naivety about psychology. Yet while respecting all the data, this book argues that, remarkably, we are sometimes infallible in our self-discerning judgments. Even so, infallibility does not imply indubitability, and there is no Cartesian ambition to provide a qfoundationq for empirical knowledge. The point is rather to explain how self-reflection as a rational activity is possible.An Essay in Neo-Sellarsian Philosophy T. Parent ... has a proper part that also happens to be an English term with its own English meaning. WhatAls ... This bit of English would contribute nothing to expressing that the can contains spinach.

Title:Self-Reflection for the Opaque Mind
Author: T. Parent
Publisher:Routledge - 2016-12-01

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