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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin | Institut für Philosophie | Termine | Gastvortrag von Dr. Yair Levy (Tel Aviv University)

Gastvortrag von Dr. Yair Levy (Tel Aviv University)

Wann 25.07.2018 von 18:15 bis 19:45 (Europe/Berlin / UTC200) iCal
Wo UL6, 2014a
Titel: Confabulation or Manipulation?

 

Abstract:
Few philosophical dogmas are considered more secure than the thought that our access to our own minds is somehow special and privileged. Yet even this idea has come under sustained attack in recent decades. A growing body of empirical evidence from social psychology, cognitive and brain sciences, now purports to show that “our access to our own thoughts is just as indirect and fallible as our access to the thoughts of other people” (Rosenberg, 2016). In this talk, I examine whether this attack on the received view of self-knowledge is successful. I focus on the widely discussed claim that we often “confabulate” our motives, intentions and practical reasons. After presenting the case for thinking that subjects confabulate the existence of such mental items, I criticize an unsuccessful recent attempt to show that the experiments supposedly demonstrating this are based on a fundamental conceptual confusion. I then proceed to offer my own response to the evidence. As I argue, the hypothesis that we confabulate is at least no more — and indeed arguably less — supported by the evidence than the alternative.