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Twenty-Second British Wittgenstein Society Lecture

November 26 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

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Maria Alvarez

Wittgenstein and Anscombe and Self-Knowledge

26th November, 2019

@ 6:15 pm - 8:00 pm

Bloomsbury, 50 Bedford Square

London WC1B 3DP

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Maria Alvarez is Professor of Philosophy at King's College London, having previously taught at the University of Southampton. She’s the author of Kinds of Reasons; an Essay in the Philosophy of Action and works mainly on philosophy of action, reasons and normativity. She’s currently working on a monograph on agency, choice and moral responsibility. She is Co-Editor of Philosophy with Bill Brewer.

www.kcl.ac.uk/artshums/depts/philosophy/people/staff/academic/alvarez/index.aspx

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

Alvarez, M. (2013). Kinds of Reasons: An Essay In The Philosophy Of Action (Reprint edition). Oxford: Oxford University Press, Usa. Cite


Abstract

Philosophers use the term ‘self-knowledge’ to refer to the distinctive knowledge that we are said to have of our own sensations, beliefs, intentions and other ‘mental states’. According to standard interpretations, however, for Wittgenstein, talk of self-knowledge in relation to these phenomena is, at best, misguided – if not plain wrong. On the other hand, Elizabeth Anscombe, whose work was deeply influenced by Wittgenstein, placed the concept of ‘practical knowledge’ at the centre of the account of intentional action, as developed in her book Intention. Anscombe’s account and the concept of practical knowledge have attracted a lot of attention recently. In this paper I explain the main features of the concept and examine whether it is in tension with Wittgenstein’s views about our epistemic relation to our ‘mental states'.


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November 26
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50 Bedford Square
London, WC1B 3DP United Kingdom
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