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Single Idea 1354

[catalogued under 16. Persons / C. Self-Awareness / 3. Limits of Introspection]

Full Idea

No one could introspectively scrutinize the state of panic or fury.

Gist of Idea

We cannot introspect states of anger or panic


Gilbert Ryle (The Concept of Mind [1949], Ch.6)

Book Reference

Ryle,Gilbert: 'The Concept of Mind' [Penguin 1949], p.159

A Reaction

It depends what you mean by 'scrutinize'. No human being ever loses their temper or panics without a background thought of "Oh dear, I'm losing it - it would probably be better if I didn't" (or, as Aristotle might say, "I'm angry, and so I should be").