It will be useful to have a copy of Wright, C., B. C. Smith, and C. Macdonald, eds. Knowing Our Own Minds. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 1998. ISBN: 0198236670. Items in this collection are marked with a ‘*’.

Ludlow, P. and N. Martin, eds. Externalism and Self-Knowledge. Stanford, CA: CSLI Publications, 1998. ISBN: 1575861062. (Worth considering). Items in this collection are marked with a ‘#’.

Readings by Class Session

ses # Topics Readings
1 Introduction

Gertler. Self-knowledge. (Contains a useful bibliography, among other things)

Ryle, Gilbert. Chapter 6 in The Concept of Mind. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 2000. ISBN: 0226732967.

Davidson, D. “First-person authority.” Dialectica 38: 101-11.

2 Externalism and Self-knowledge

Boghossian, “Content and self-knowledge.”#

“What the externalist can know a priori.”*

McLaughlin and Tye, “Externalism, Twin Earth, and self-knowledge.”*

Dretske, “Externalism and self-knowledge.”; Davidson, “Knowing one’s own mind.”#

Burge, “Individualism and self-knowledge.”#

3 Shoemaker on Self-knowledge

Shoemaker, S. “On Knowing One’s Own Mind.” Philosophical Perspectives, no. 2 (1988): 183-209.

———. “First-Person Access”. Philosophical Perspectives, no. 4 (1990): 187-214.

———. “Self-Knowledge and Inner Sense.” Philosophy and Phenomenological Research LIV (1994): 249-314.

4 Davies and Wright on Warrant Transmission

Davies, “Externalism, architecturalism, and epistemic warrant.”*

Wright, C. “Cogency and Question-Begging: Some Reflections on McKinsey’s Paradox and Putnam’s Proof.” In Philosophical Issues. 1998. (SOFIA volume)

Buy at MIT Press Brown, J. Chapter 7 in Anti-Individualism and Knowledge. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2004. ISBN: 0262025582.

Pryor. “Externalism about content and McKinsey-style reasoning.” ( PDF)

5 Peacocke and Friends on Self-knowledge

Peacocke, “Conscious attitudes, attention, and self-knowledge.”*

“Our entitlement to self-knowledge: entitlement, self-knowledge and conceptual redeployment.”#

Martin, “An eye directed outward.”*

Burge, “Our entitlement to self-knowledge.”#

6 Immunity to Error Through Misidentification and Self-identification

Wittgenstein, L. “Blue Book.” In Blue and Brown Books. New York, NY: Perennial, 1942. ISBN: 0061312118.

Shoemaker, S. “Self-reference and self-awareness.” Journal of Philosophy 65, no. 19 (1968): 555-567.

Evans, G. The Varieties of Reference. Oxford, UK: Clarendon Press, 1984. ISBN 0198246862.

Pryor. “Immunity to error through misidentification.” ( PDF - 4.1 MB)

O’Brien, L. F. “Evans on self-identification.” NOUS 29, no. 2 (1995): 232-247.

7 Expressivism and Neo-expressivism

Wittgenstein, L. Philosophical Investigations. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1999. ISBN: 0024288101.

Wright, “Self-knowledge: the Wittgensteinian legacy.”*

McDowell, “Response to Crispin Wright.”*

Finkelstein, D. Expression and the Inner. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2003. ISBN: 0674011562.

Bar-On, D. Speaking My Mind. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2005. ISBN: 0199276285.

———. “Externalism and self-knowledge: content, use, and expression.” NOUS 38, no. 3 (2004): 430-455. (26)

Bar-On, D., and D. Long. “Avowals and First-Person Privilege.” Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 62 (2001): 311-335.

Falvey, K. “The basis of first-person authority.” Philosophical Topics 28, no. 2 (2000): 69-100.

8 Knowledge of One’s Actions

Velleman, J. D. Practical Reflection.

———. Precis of The Possibility of Practical Reason.

Buy at MIT Press Wegner, D. M. The Illusion of Conscious Will. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2003. ISBN: 0262731622.

Anscombe, G. E. M. Intention. 2nd ed. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2000. ISBN: 0674003993.

9 Transparency and Self-knowledge

Dretske, F. “Introspection.” Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society CXV (1994/95): 263-278.

———. “How do you know you are not a zombie?” In Privileged Access: Philosophical Accounts of Self-Knowledge. Edited by B. Gertler. Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2003. ISBN: 0754616479.

Lycan, “Dretske’s ways of introspecting.” In Privileged Access: Philosophical Accounts of Self-Knowledge. Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, pp. 1–14. ISBN: 0754616479.

Evans, G. Varieties of Reference. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 1983. ISBN: 0198246862.

Kripke, S. Wittgenstein on Rules and Private Language. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1984. ISBN: 0674954017. (Postscript)

Moran, R. Authority and Estrangement. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2001. ISBN: 0691089450.

Byrne, A. “The puzzle of transparency.” Unpublished manuscript. Cambridge, MA: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2005.

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