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First-person authority:an epistemic-pragmatic account

Manson, Neil (2012) First-person authority:an epistemic-pragmatic account. Mind and Language, 27 (2). pp. 181-199.

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Abstract

Some self-ascriptions of belief, desire and other attitudes exhibit first-person authority. The aim here is to offer a novel account of this kind of first-person authority. The account is a development of Robert Gordon’s ascent routine theory but is framed in terms of our ability to bring it about that others know of our attitudes via speech acts which do not deploy attitudinal vocabulary but which nonetheless ‘show’ our attitudes to others. Unlike Gordon’s ascent routine theory, the theory readily applies to attitudes other than belief, avoids a need to appeal to processes of making up one’s mind, and does not rest upon a distinction between ‘outward looking’ and ‘inward looking’ processes.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Mind and Language
Uncontrolled Keywords: first-person authority ; consciousness ; self-knowledge ; speech acts ; epistemology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Politics & International Relations (Merged into PPR 2010-08-01)
ID Code: 49974
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 23 Sep 2011 16:00
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 04 Dec 2012 19:28
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/49974

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