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Becoming a SubjectReflections in Philosophy and Psychoanalysis$
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Marcia Cavell

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199287086

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0199287082.001.0001

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Self-Knowledge and Self-Discovery

Self-Knowledge and Self-Discovery

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(p.138) 10 Self-Knowledge and Self-Discovery
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Becoming a Subject
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Marcia Cavell (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199287082.003.0011

Self-knowledge is supposed to be transforming. Yet ordinarily, knowledge by itself has no effect on the object known. This chapter discusses the phenomenon of first-person authority; ‘the ocular view’ of self-knowledge and an alternative account; and self-knowledge with regard to beliefs and to emotions. It argues that self-discovery often requires a dialectic between the first-person and the third-person points of view in relation to one’s self.

Keywords:   first-person authority, introspection, self-discovery, self-knowledge, beliefs, emotions

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