What distinguishes byrnes work however is his unique explanation of how looking outward affords us self knowledge an explanation that makes his work an important contribution to the literature on self knowledge before discussing byrnes novel approach to transparency it bears mentioning that he devotes the first half of his book to . 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. Self knowledge and transparency alex byrne and matthew boyle i alex byrne transparency belief intention this paper elaborates and defends a familiar transparent account of knowledge of ones own beliefs inspired by some remarks of gareth evans and makes a case that the account can be extended to mental states. Get this from a library transparency and self knowledge alex byrne you know what someone else is thinking and feeling by observing them but how do you know what you are thinking and feeling this is the problem of self knowledge alex byrne tries to solve it the . In his article self knowledge and transparency in this journal alex byrne argues that the route is inferential byrne 2011 transparent self knowledge according to byrne involves an inference from world to mind in particular it involves an inference from the proposition that p to the proposition that one believes that p a pattern
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