Third-Person Self-Knowledge, Self-Interpretation, and Narrative

  • Patrizia Pedrini
  • Julie Kirsch

Part of the Contributions To Phenomenology book series (CTPH, volume 96)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Julie Kirsch, Patrizia Pedrini
    Pages 1-12
  3. Annalisa Coliva
    Pages 13-29
  4. J. Adam Carter, Duncan Pritchard
    Pages 31-49
  5. Patrizia Pedrini
    Pages 51-72
  6. Marcus McGahhey, Neil Van Leeuwen
    Pages 73-98
  7. Julie Kirsch
    Pages 99-113
  8. Shaun Gallagher
    Pages 145-158
  9. Luca Malatesti, Filip Čeč
    Pages 177-189

About this book


This volume answers questions that lead to a clearer picture of third-person self- knowledge, the self-interpretation it embeds, and its narrative structure. Bringing together current research on third-person self-knowledge and self-interpretation, the book focuses on third-person self-knowledge, and the role that narrative and interpretation play in acquiring it. It regards the third-personal epistemic approach to oneself as a problem worthy of investigation in its own right, and makes clear the relation between third-person self-knowledge, self-interpretation, and narrative capacities.

In recent years, the idea that each person is in a privileged position to acquire knowledge about her own mental states has come under attack. A growing body of empirical research has cast doubt upon the existence of what philosophers call ‘first person self-knowledge’, i.e., knowledge about our mental states that is often thought to be immediate, transparent, and authoritative. This line of thought has led some philosophers to claim that what seems to be ‘first-person self-knowledge’ is really just ‘third-person self-knowledge,’ i.e., knowledge about our mental states that is inferential, opaque, and fallible. This book discusses challenges for first-person knowledge and explores the true nature of third-person knowledge.


Epistemology of Self-Knowledge Knowing Our Own Mind Narrative and the self Phenomenology of introspection Self-Knowledge and Psychoanalysis Self-Knowledge of Emotions Self-Understanding of one's mental state Third-Person Self-Knowledge

Editors and affiliations

  • Patrizia Pedrini
    • 1
  • Julie Kirsch
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Letters and PhilosophyUniversity of FlorenceFlorenceItaly
  2. 2.Department of Liberal ArtsD’Youville CollegeBuffaloUSA

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