Self-Reflection for the Opaque Mind: An Essay in Neo-Sellarsian Philosophy

2017.05.18 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews T. Parent, Self-Reflection for the Opaque Mind: An Essay in Neo-Sellarsian Philosophy, Routledge, 2017, 296pp., $140.00 (hbk),
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2017.05.18 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews T. Parent, Self-Reflection for the Opaque Mind: An Essay in Neo-Sellarsian Philosophy, Routledge, 2017, 296pp., $140.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781138668826. Reviewed by Ryan Cox, University of Hamburg The aim of this book is to defend a solution to what T. Parent calls "the Problem of Wayward Reflection" (p. 36). The problem is that critical self-reflection -- the activity of reflecting on, and evaluating our own attitudes from the armchair -- is rational only if we can reliably know our own attitudes from the armchair, and yet, it seems that we cannot reliably know our own attitudes from the armchair. On the face of it, critical self-reflection is 'an important part of our intellectual and moral lives' (p. 35). Part of the value of critical self-reflection is that it can 'expose skewed priorities, inconsistencies, non-sequiturs in reasoning, and so forth' (p. 35). However, evidence from empirical psychology seems to. . .

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