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Rethinking Introspection

A Pluralist Approach to the First-Person Perspective


Part of the New Directions in Philosophy and Cognitive Science book series (NDPCS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Jesse Butler
    Pages 1-5
  3. Jesse Butler
    Pages 6-15
  4. Jesse Butler
    Pages 16-40
  5. Jesse Butler
    Pages 41-50
  6. Jesse Butler
    Pages 51-74
  7. Jesse Butler
    Pages 75-98
  8. Jesse Butler
    Pages 99-118
  9. Jesse Butler
    Pages 119-147
  10. Jesse Butler
    Pages 148-160
  11. Jesse Butler
    Pages 161-164
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 165-180

About this book


Offering a pluralist framework for understanding the nature, scope, and limits of self-knowledge from the first-person perspective, Rethinking Introspection argues that, contrary to common misconceptions, introspection does not operate through inner perception but rather develops out of a diverse array of mental states and cognitive processes.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of Central ArkansasUSA

About the authors

Jesse Butler is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Central Arkansas, USA. He works and teaches in the areas of philosophy of mind, epistemology, and philosophy of language, with emphasis on understanding the nature and limits of self-knowledge. His work has appeared most recently in the Journal of Consciousness Studies.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Rethinking Introspection
  • Book Subtitle A Pluralist Approach to the First-Person Perspective
  • Authors J. Butler
  • Series Title New Directions in Philosophy and Cognitive Science
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2013
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave Religion & Philosophy Collection Philosophy and Religion (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-137-28037-4
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-349-44767-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-137-28038-1
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XI, 180
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Philosophy of Mind
    Cognitive Psychology
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