Review of Philosophy and Psychology

, Volume 1, Issue 4, pp 593–610

Self-ascriptions of Belief and Transparency


DOI: 10.1007/s13164-010-0044-x

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Engel, P. Rev.Phil.Psych. (2010) 1: 593. doi:10.1007/s13164-010-0044-x


Among recent theories of the nature of self-knowledge, the rationalistic view, according to which self-knowledge is not a cognitive achievement—perceptual or inferential—has been prominent. Upon this kind of view, however, self-knowledge becomes a bit of a mystery. Although the rationalistic conception is defended in this article, it is argued that it has to be supplemented by an account of the transparency of belief: the question whether to believe that P is settled when one asks oneself whether P.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of GenevaGenevaSwitzerland