Self-Knowledge

[Revised entry by Brie Gertler on May 18, 2015. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography, notes.html, supplement.html] In philosophy, "self-knowledge" standardly refers to knowledge of one's own
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[Revised entry by Brie Gertler on May 18, 2015. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography, notes.html, supplement.html] In philosophy, "self-knowledge" standardly refers to knowledge of one's own sensations, thoughts, beliefs, and other mental states. At least since Descartes, most philosophers have believed that our knowledge of our own mental states differs markedly from our knowledge of the external world (where this includes our knowledge of others' thoughts). But there is little agreement about what precisely distinguishes self-knowledge from knowledge in other realms. Partially because of this disagreement, philosophers have endorsed competing accounts of how we acquire...

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