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Externalism and Self-Knowledge

edited by Peter Ludlow and Norah Martin

One of the most provocative projects in recent analytic philosophy has been the development of the doctrine of externalism, or, as it is often called, anti-individualism. While there is no agreement as to whether externalism is true or not, a number of recent investigations have begun to explore the question of what follows if it is true. One of the most interesting of these investigations thus far has been the question of whether externalism has consequences for the doctrine that we have authoritative, a priori self-knowledge of our mental states. The papers in this volume, some previously published, some new, are representative of this debate and open up new questions and issues for philosophical investigation, including the connection between externalism, self-knowledge, epistemic warrant, and memory.

Peter Ludlow is a professor of philosophy. Norah Martin is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Portland.


  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • Part I Externalism and Authoritative Self-Knowledge — Preliminaries
  • 1 Descartes on Self-Knowledge
    Rene Descartes
  • 2 Individualism and the Mental
    Tyler Burge
  • Part II Externalism and Authoritative Self-Knowledge are Compatible
  • 3 Knowing One's Own Mind
    Donald Davidson
  • 4 Individualism and Self-Knowledge
    Tyler Burge
  • 5 Privileged Access
    John Heil
  • Part III Externalism and Authoritative Self-Knowledge are Incompatible
  • 6 Content and Self-Knowledge
    Paul A. Boghossian
  • 7 Anti-Individualism and Privileged Access
    Michael McKinsey
  • 8 The Incompatibility of Anti-Individualism and Privileged Access
    Jessica Brown
  • Part IV The Compatibilists Respond
  • 9 What An Anti-Individualist Knows A Priori
    Anthony Brueckner
  • 10 The Brown-McKinsey Charge of Inconsistency
    Brian McLaughlin
  • 11 Privileged Self-Knowledge and Externalism are Compatible
    Ted A. Warfield
  • Part V Externalism, Self-Knowledge and Epistemic Warrant
  • 12 Externalism, Self-Knowledge, and the Prevalence of Slow Switching
    Peter Ludlow
  • 13 Externalism, Privileged Self-Knowledge, and the Irrelevance of Slow Switching
    Ted A. Warfield
  • 14 On the Relevance of Slow Switching
    Peter Ludlow
  • 15 Our Entitlement to Self-Knowledge
    Tyler Burge
  • 16 Our Entitlement to Self-Knowledge: Entitlement, Self-Knowledge and Conceptual Redeployment
    Christopher Peacocke
  • Part VI Externalism, Self-Knowledge and Memory
  • 17 Social Externalism, Self-Knowledge, and Memory
    Peter Ludlow
  • 18 Social Externalism and Memory: A Problem?
    Peter Ludlow
  • 19 Externalism and Memory
    Anthony Brueckner
  • 20 Self-Knowledge and Closure
    Sven Bernecker
  • 21 Memory and Self-Knowledge
    Tyler Burge
  • Supplemental Bibliography
  • Name Index
  • Subject Index


ISBN (Paperback): 1575861062 (9781575861067)
ISBN (Cloth): 1575861070 (9781575861074)
ISBN (Electronic): 1575868172 (9781575868172)

Subject: Philosophy; Externalism; Theory of Self-Knowledge

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