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Organon F

2019, Pages 1–23

ISSN 2585-7150 (online) ISSN 1335-0668 (print)

Research Article

Self-knowledge, Discriminability, and Demonstrative Thoughts

Huiyuhl Yi

DOI (to be assigned)

Abstract

According to content externalism, the content of our thought is partly determined by the linguistic environment responsible for it. However, there is growing skepticism about the compatibility of content externalism and self-knowledge. The skeptical position holds that, if content externalism is true, then we cannot know our own thought content because we would not be able to discriminate it from relevant alternative thought contents. This argument rests on the proposition that knowledge requires some type of discriminability. In this paper, I argue that this requirement does not apply to a particular type of demonstrative thoughts, more specifically, that in a typical case where we demonstratively denote an object without taking it as anything, in particular, our second-order judgment about our own thinking, whose content includes this use of a demonstrative, constitutes knowledge without due discriminability.

Keywords

Content externalism; demonstrative thought; discriminability; indefinite use of demonstratives; self-knowledge.

Author(s) and affiliation(s)

Author

Huiyuhl Yi

Affiliation

Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology

Address

Division of General Studies, Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology, 50 Unist-Gil, Ulju-gun, Ulsan, Republic of Korea

E-mail

huiyuhl@unist.ac.kr 

About this article

Received

18 March 2019

Accepted

30 August 2019

Published online

14 September 2019

Publishers

Institute of Philosophy of the Slovak Academy of Sciences

Institute of Philosophy of the Czech Academy of Sciences

Cite as

Yi, H. (2019). Self-knowledge, Discriminability, and Demonstrative Thoughts. Organon F, 1–23. https://www.organonf.com/journal/yi

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© Huiyuhl Yi

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