Topics in Epistemology: Self-Knowledge

A black and white illustration of an animal that can be seen as a duck or rabbit. The two German captions translate to: Which animals are most like each other? Rabbit and duck.

Made famous by Ludwig Wittgenstein in his Philosophical Investigations, this image of a rabbit (or a duck?) features the caption "Welche Thiere gleichen einander am meisten?" which translates to "Which animals are most like each other?" Wittgenstein used this image to describe two different ways of seeing: seeing that / seeing as. Selections from Wittgenstein's Philosophical Investigations are assigned readings for Session 2. (This image is in the public domain.)


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This course is a graduate seminar surveying recent work on self-knowledge. Some questions that will be explored and discussed are: What is the distinctive philosophical interest of self-knowledge? Is self-knowledge really an epistemic achievement? Is it plausible that there is a uniform explanation of all distinctively first-personal self-knowledge?

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Alex Byrne, and Sarah Paul. 24.805 Topics in Epistemology: Self-Knowledge. Fall 2015. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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