Cartesian epistemology: is the theory of the self-transparent mind innate?

Document Type: 
Article
Article Type: 
Theoretical
Disciplines: 
Philosophy
Topics: 
Self and Mental State Attribution
Keywords: 
conscious thought, Cartesian, incorrigibility, innateness, introspection, self-intimation, transparency
Deposited by: 
Dr Peter Carruthers
Date of Issue: 
2008
Authors: 
Peter Carruthers
Journal/Publication Title: 
Journal of Consciousness Studies
Volume: 
15
Abstract: 
This paper argues that a Cartesian belief in the self-transparency of minds might actually be an innate aspect of our mind-reading faculty. But it acknowledges that some crucial evidence needed to establish this claim hasn’t been looked for or collected. What we require is evidence that a belief in the self-transparency of mind is universal to the human species. The paper closes with a call to anthropologists (and perhaps also developmental psychologists), who are in a position to collect such evidence, encouraging them to do so.
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