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The Decline and Fall of Introspectionism

  • Christian BeenfeldtAffiliated withDepartment of Media, Cognition and Communication, University of Copenhagen Email author 

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Abstract

Why did introspectionism fall? “The approach failed,” a typical philosophy of science explanation will inform us, “because its methodology lacked reliability.” In Pathways to Knowledge, for example, Goldman offers the following account of the failure of what he calls classical introspectionism: