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It has been said that the history of western philosophy is a series of footnotes to Plato. Whatever truth there may be in this, there is surely much more truth in the claim that the history of the topic of personal identity has been a series of footnotes to Locke. There are two major strands to that history. One is a series of accounts of personal identity(More)
These lectures have been organized around the question of whether there is any good sense in which our introspective access to our own mental states is a kind of perception, something that can appropriately be called "inner sense." In my first lecture I distinguished two versions of the perception model of introspection, based on two different stereotypes(More)
Introduction What is the role of consciousness in our introspective lives? In this paper, I will focus on the role of conscious judgment in giving us access to our standing non-conscious beliefs. The view I will defend is a special case of a more general position in the epistemology of introspection. I will start by sketching the general view, and then give(More)
Mycobacteria and molecular biology provide an interesting combination of the old and the new. Using modern techniques, it will be possible to develop new ways to approach ancient diseases such as tuberculosis and leprosy and more modern diseases such as disseminated MAC infections in patients with AIDS. DNA probes will be developed to rapidly diagnose(More)
Neo-Cartesian approaches to belief place greater evidential weight on a subject's introspective judgments than do neo-behaviorist accounts. As a result, the two views differ on whether our absent-minded and weak-willed actions are guided by belief. I argue that simulationist accounts of the concept of belief are committed to neo-Cartesianism, and, though(More)
Let me begin by presenting two opposed conceptions of the relationship between the realm of the mental and our knowledge of this realm, neither of which is the conception I shall be supporting. One I will call, with no pretension to scholarly accuracy, the Cartesian conception. According to this, the mind is transparent to itself. It is of the essence of(More)
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