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Authority and Estrangement: An Essay on Self-Knowledge

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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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Michael Lundie
Jul 28, 2014 Michael Lundie rated it really liked it
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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
Tijmen Lansdaal
Jan 11, 2016 Tijmen Lansdaal rated it liked it
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.
Mar 04, 2008 Tudor rated it it was amazing
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.
Jan 02, 2008 Blakely rated it really liked it
Excellent work on the nature of the self. But for some reason it's one of those philosophy books whose specific contents I find it hard to remember.
Mar 29, 2008 Jennifer rated it liked it
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except for some weird and regrettable stuff on Freud and Satre, a pretty happy read.
Apr 04, 2010 Zac rated it really liked it
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Pretty tough stuff...
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