Extended self-knowledge

Carter, J. A. and Pritchard, D. (2018) Extended self-knowledge. In: Pedrini, P. and Kirsch, J. (eds.) Third-Person Self-Knowledge, Self-Interpretation, and Narrative. Series: Contributions to phenomenology (96). Springer. ISBN 9783319986449 (Accepted for Publication)

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We aim to move the externalism and self-knowledge debate forward by exploring two novel sceptical challenges to the prospects of self-knowledge of a paradigmatic sort, both of which result from ways in which our thought content, cognitive processes and cognitive successes depend crucially on our external environments. In particular, it is shown how arguments from extended cognition (e.g., Clark & Chalmers 1998; Clark 2008) and situationism (e.g., Alfano 2012; 2014; Doris 1998; 2002; Harman 1999; 2000) pose hitherto unexplored challenges to the prospects of self-knowledge as it is traditionally conceived. It is shown, however, that, suitably understood, these apparent challenges in fact only demonstrate two ways in which our cognitive lives can be dependent on our environment. As such, rather than undermining our prospects for attaining self-knowledge, they instead illustrate how self-knowledge can be extended and expanded.

Item Type:Book Sections
Status:Accepted for Publication
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Carter, Dr Joseph
Authors: Carter, J. A., and Pritchard, D.
Subjects:B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
College/School:College of Arts > School of Humanities > Philosophy

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