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Externalism, Self-Knowledge, and Skepticism
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Sanford C. Goldberg, Robert Stalnaker, Tony Brueckner, Crispin Wright, Sarah Sawyer, Paul Boghossian, Mark Sainsbury, Michael Tye, Brie Gertler, Åsa Wikforss, Gary Ebbs, Jordi Fernandez, Jussi Haukioja, Henry Jackman
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  • Date Published: March 2018
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107636736

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  • Written by an international team of leading scholars, this collection of thirteen new essays explores the implications of semantic externalism for self-knowledge and skepticism, bringing recent developments in the philosophy of mind, the philosophy of language, and epistemology to bear on the issue. Structured in three parts, the collection looks at self-knowledge, content transparency, and then meta-semantics and the nature of mental content. The chapters examine a wide range of topics in the philosophy of mind and the philosophy of language, including 2D semantics, transparency views of self-knowledge, and theories of linguistic understanding, as well as epistemological debates on contextualism, contrastivism, pragmatic encroachment, anti-luminosity arguments and testimony. The scope of the volume will appeal to graduate students and researchers in epistemology, philosophy of mind, philosophy of language, cognitive science, psychology and linguistics.

    • Contains thirteen new essays by leading figures in the field
    • Brings together recent work in philosophy of mind, philosophy of language and epistemology
    • Provides readers with the latest developments in the debates covered
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    'This is a truly exciting collection of essays on a fundamental topic lying at the intersection of philosophy of mind and epistemology. The essays are of uniformly high quality, and Goldberg's introduction sets out the critical issues in a wonderfully clear and succinct manner.' Richard Fumerton, University of Iowa

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2018
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107636736
    • length: 275 pages
    • dimensions: 225 x 150 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.4kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Sanford C. Goldberg
    Part I. Foundations of Self-Knowledge:
    1. Luminosity and the KK thesis Robert Stalnaker
    2. Some questions about Burge's 'self-verifying judgments' Tony Brueckner
    3. Self-knowledge: the reality of privileged access Crispin Wright
    4. Contrastive self-knowledge and the McKinsey paradox Sarah Sawyer
    Part II. Content Transparency:
    5. Further thoughts on the transparency of mental content Paul Boghossian
    6. Counting concepts: reply to Paul Boghossian Mark Sainsbury and Michael Tye
    7. Internalism, externalism, and accessibilism Brie Gertler
    8. The insignificance of transparency Åsa Wikforss
    9. On knowing what thoughts one's utterances express Gary Ebbs
    10. Anti-individualism, comprehension, and self-knowledge Sanford C. Goldberg
    Part III. Meta-Semantics and the Nature of Mental Content:
    11. Externalism, self-knowledge, and memory Jordi Fernandez
    12. Externalism, metainternalism, and self-knowledge Jussi Haukioja
    13. Externalism, metasemantic contextualism, and self-knowledge Henry Jackman

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    Sanford C. Goldberg, Northwestern University, Illinois
    Sanford C. Goldberg is Professor and Chair of the Department of Philosophy at Northwestern University, Illinois. His publications include Anti-Individualism (Cambridge, 2007), Relying on Others: An Essay in Epistemology (2010), and Assertion: On the Philosophical Significance of Assertoric Speech (2015).


    Sanford C. Goldberg, Robert Stalnaker, Tony Brueckner, Crispin Wright, Sarah Sawyer, Paul Boghossian, Mark Sainsbury, Michael Tye, Brie Gertler, Åsa Wikforss, Gary Ebbs, Jordi Fernandez, Jussi Haukioja, Henry Jackman

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