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- DescriptionHuman beings are t model epistemic citizens. Our reasoning can be careless and uncritical, and our beliefs, desires, and other attitudes aren't always as they ought rationally to be. Our beliefs can be eccentric, our desires irrational and our hopes hopelessly unrealistic. Our attitudes are influenced by a wide range of n-epistemic or n-rational factors, including our character, our emotions, and powerful unconscious biases. Yet we are rarely conscious of such influences. Self-igrance is t something to which human beings are immune. In this book Quassim Cassam develops an account of self-kwledge which tries to do justice to these and other respects in which humans aren't model epistemic citizens. He rejects rationalist and other mainstream philosophical accounts of self-kwledge on the grounds that, in more than one sense, they aren't accounts of self-kwledge for humans. Instead he defends the view that inferences from behavioural and psychological evidence are a basic source of human self-kwledge. On this account, self-kwledge is a genuine cognitive achievement and self-igrance is almost always on the cards. As well as explaining kwledge of our own states of mind, Cassam also accounts for what he calls 'substantial' self-kwledge, including kwledge of our values, emotions, and character. He criticizes philosophical accounts of self-kwledge for neglecting substantial self-kwledge, and concludes with a discussion of the value of self-kwledge. This book tries to do for philosophy what behavioural ecomics tries to do for ecomics. Just as behavioural ecomics is the ecomics of homo sapiens, as distinct from the ecomics of an ideally rational and self homo ecomics, so Cassam argues that philosophy should focus on the human predicament rather than on the reasoning and self-kwledge of an idealized homo philosophicus.
- Author BiographyQuassim Cassam is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Warwick. He was previously Knightbridge Professor of Philosophy at Cambridge, and has also taught at Oxford and UCL. He is the author of Self and World (OUP, 1997), The Possibility of Knowledge (OUP, 2007) and, with John Campbell, Berkeley's Puzzle: What Does Experience Teach Us? (OUP, 2014).
- Author(s)Quassim Cassam
- PublisherOxford University Press
- Date of Publication03/11/2016
- Place of PublicationOxford
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintOxford University Press
- Weight396 g
- Width158 mm
- Height235 mm
- Spine14 mm
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