Philosophical Studies

, Volume 165, Issue 3, pp 1165–1176 | Cite as

A hesitant defense of introspection

Article

Abstract

Consider the following argument: when a phenomenon P is observable, any legitimate understanding of P must take account of observations of P; some mental phenomena—certain conscious experiences—are introspectively observable; so, any legitimate understanding of the mind must take account of introspective observations of conscious experiences. This paper offers a (preliminary and partial) defense of this line of thought. Much of the paper focuses on a specific challenge to it, which I call Schwitzgebel’s Challenge: the claim that introspection is so untrustworthy that its indispensability for a genuine understanding of the mind only shows that no genuine understanding of the mind is possible.

Keywords

Introspection Phenomenology Cognitive science Context of discovery Context of justification 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of ArizonaTucsonUSA

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