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Single Idea 5670

[catalogued under 16. Persons / C. Self-Awareness / 1. Introspection]

Full Idea

Our knowledge of our thoughts includes both our knowledge that we think and our knowledge of the contents of our thought.

Gist of Idea

Knowledge of thoughts covers both their existence and their contents


Quassim Cassam (Introduction to 'Self-Knowledge' [1994], žI)

Book Reference

'Self-Knowledge', ed/tr. Cassam,Quassim [OUP 1994], p.1

A Reaction

This seems like a simple, self-evident and true distinction. We might question the first part, though. Knowledge involves the contents, but the fact that we think may be an inference from the contents, or even a fictional abstraction. Contents alone?