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Authority and Estrangement: An Essay on Self-Knowledge
Since Socrates, and through Descartes to the present day, the problems of self-knowledge have been central to philosophy's self-understanding. Today the idea of 'first-person authority'--the claim of a distinctive relation each person has toward his or her own mental life--has been challenged from a number of directions, to the point where many doubt the person bears any d ...more
Paperback, 248 pages
Published November 18th 2001 by Princeton University Press
(first published October 29th 2001)
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I read this book for a philosophy class appropriately called "Self-Knowledge." I recall being baffled more than satisfied with the sundry insights cascading through each chapter. I will say this with confidence: it deserves to be re-read if misunderstood. The topics it fleshes out are fascinating and impinge on our sense of moral responsibility, our entitlement to purports of self-knowledge (about who we are and what we know or believe). At the very least, the text is a perfectly suited introduc ...more
It's analytic philosophy, so Moran didn't really have the audacity to present his views in any other fashion than some kind of pointless academic dispute. Sadly so, because though his views aren't incredibly exciting and sometimes even a bit mundane, they are well thought-through. Its basic insights make for a pretty satisfying and stimulating read. Consequently, it can definitely inspire further philosophical considerations concerning the self.
I believe I would like this book more on subsequent readings when it makes more sense. I think it potentially would be able to provide anomalous monism with some teeth, even though it may be susceptible to similar epiphenomenal claims.