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The Unreliability of Naive Introspection

Schwitzgebel, Eric (2006) The Unreliability of Naive Introspection. In: [2006] Philosophy of Science Assoc. 20th Biennial Mtg (Vancouver) > PSA 2006 Symposia.

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    We are prone to gross error, even in favorable circumstances of extended reflection, about our own ongoing conscious experience, our current phenomenology. Even in this apparently privileged domain, our self-knowledge is faulty and untrustworthy. Examples highlighted in this paper include: emotional experience, peripheral vision, and the phenomenology of thought. Philosophical foundationalism supposing that we infer an external world from secure knowledge of our own consciousness is almost exactly backward.

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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Additional Information: This paper will be abbreviated and revised with a philosophy of science audience in mind, for the purposes of PSA06
    Keywords: consciousness methodology introspection
    Subjects: Specific Sciences > Psychology/Psychiatry
    General Issues > Experimentation
    Conferences and Volumes: [2006] Philosophy of Science Assoc. 20th Biennial Mtg (Vancouver) > PSA 2006 Symposia
    Depositing User: Eric Schwitzgebel
    Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2006
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:14
    Item ID: 2965

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