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"I THINK I THINK, THEREFORE I AM .  .  . I THINK"

By

Fred Dretske

 

What reasons—reasons to which you have exclusive access--do you have for thinking you think?  The fact that you can’t be wrong in thinking you think, and the fact that you enjoy (for current conscious thoughts) a certain kind of infallibility about what you think, don’t (I argue) provide you with such reasons.  What does?  Children think before they know they think.  Although not (yet) able to think they think, they nonetheless enjoy a special kind of awareness of what they think.  They can, for instance, give reasons for what they do and such reasons consist (in part) of what they think.  This special (privileged) kind of awareness of one’s own thoughts is examined with the hope it will reveal the reasons we (who are wise enough to think we think) have for thinking this.  This hope is disappointed.  Though we all enjoy a privileged awareness of what we think, this awareness provides no reasons for thinking we think. 

 

 

 

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