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Mind Gauging: Introspection as a Public Epistemic Resource

Piccinini, Gualtiero (2001) Mind Gauging: Introspection as a Public Epistemic Resource. [Preprint]

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    Abstract

    Introspection used to be excluded from science because it isn�t public--for any question about mental states, only the person whose states are in question can answer by introspecting. However, we often use introspective reports to gauge each other�s minds, and contemporary psychologists generate data from them. I argue that some uses of introspection are as public as any scientific method.


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    Item Type: Preprint
    Keywords: Introspection, other minds, method publicity, method reliability, verbal reports.
    Subjects: Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science
    Specific Sciences > Psychology/Psychiatry
    General Issues > Theory/Observation
    Depositing User: Gualtiero Piccinini
    Date Deposited: 21 May 2002
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:10
    Item ID: 497
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/497

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