Why some philosophers say we can?t

About: Alex Byrne: Knowing Our Minds

source: Alex Byrne associate professor of philosophy at MIT
In the tradition inherited from Descartes, the great epistemological questions concern our knowledge of the external world?how or whether one knows one is sitting before Larry Summers, and so forth. In this tradition, knowledge of our own minds?that one is thinking of Larry?is considered relatively unproblematic. Arguably, it is one of the singular achievements of contemporary philosophy to have shown that this has things exactly back to front.

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