Behavioral and Brain Sciences

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Behavioral and Brain Sciences (2009), 32:148-149 Cambridge University Press
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Banishing “I” and “we” from accounts of metacognition

Bryce Huebnera1a2 and Daniel C. Dennetta1

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Carruthers offers a promising model for how “we” know the propositional contents of “our” own minds. Unfortunately, in retaining talk of first-person access to mental states, his suggestions assume that a higher-order self is already “in the loop.” We invite Carruthers to eliminate the first-person from his model and to develop a more thoroughly third-person model of metacognition.

How we know our own minds: The relationship between mindreading and metacognition Peter Carruthers Department of Philosophy, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742 [email protected]