Introspection, What?

Eric Schwitzgebel

forthcoming in Declan Smithies and Daniel Stoljar (eds.), Introspection and Consciousness, Oxford University Press.

Introspection is not a single process but a plurality of processes.  Itís a plurality both within and between cases: Most individual introspective judgments arise from a plurality of processes (thatís the within-case claim), and the collection of processes issuing in introspective judgments differs from case to case (thatís the between-case claim).  Introspection is not the operation of a single cognitive mechanism or small collection of mechanisms.  Introspective judgments arise from a shifting confluence of many processes, recruited opportunistically.

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