Transparency and self knowledge alex byrne eagerly awaited book from one of the leading philosophers of his generation offers an original solution to the central philosophical problem of self knowledge. Self knowledge and transparency alex byrne and matthew boyle i alex byrne transparency belief intention a theory of self knowledge is an account of how we have self knowledge an account of the means methods or mechanisms by which one knows that one believes that p and so forth a useful. Alex byrne sets out and defends a theory of self knowledge knowledge of ones mental states inspired by gareth evans discussion of self knowledge in his the varieties of reference the basic idea is that one comes to know that one is in a mental state m by an inference from a worldly or environmental premise to the conclusion that one is in m . This is the problem of self knowledge alex byrne tries to solve it the idea is that you know this not by taking a special kind of look at your own mind but by an inference from a premise about your environment. In the remainder of this section i canvass two recent construals of transparency to the world one episte micist and one metaphysicist both of which in effect deny the appearance of avowals transparency expression and self knowledge 137 groundlessness
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