On Reflection

On Reflection Hilary Kornblith presents a new account of reflection and its importance for knowledge reasoning freedom and normativity Philosophers have frequently extolled the value of reflective self examinat

  • Title: On Reflection
  • Author: Hilary Kornblith
  • ISBN: 9780199563005
  • Page: 414
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Hilary Kornblith presents a new account of reflection, and its importance for knowledge, reasoning, freedom, and normativity Philosophers have frequently extolled the value of reflective self examination, and a wide range of philosophers, who differ on many other things, have argued that reflection can help to solve a number of significant philosophical problems The impoHilary Kornblith presents a new account of reflection, and its importance for knowledge, reasoning, freedom, and normativity Philosophers have frequently extolled the value of reflective self examination, and a wide range of philosophers, who differ on many other things, have argued that reflection can help to solve a number of significant philosophical problems The importance of reflecting on one s beliefs and desires has been viewed as the key to solving problems about justification and knowledge about reasoning about the nature of freedom and about the source of normativity In each case, a problem is identified which reflective self examination is thought to address.Kornblith argues that reflection cannot solve any of these problems There is a common structure to these issues, and the problems which reflection is thought to resolve are ones which could not possibly be solved by reflecting on one s beliefs and desires More than this, he suggests that the attempt to solve these problems by appealing to reflection saddles us with a mystical view of the powers of reflective self examination Recognition of this fact motivates a search for a demystified view of the nature of reflection.To this end, Kornblith offers a detailed examination of views about knowledge, reasoning, freedom, and normativity in order to better understand the motivations for extolling self reflective examination He explores both the logic of these views, and the psychological commitments they involve In the final chapter, he offers a realistic view of reflection, which draws on dual process approaches to cognition.

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    1. Kornblith's book tackles the general question, 'Why do we think that reflection is something special in terms of knowledge generation and/or insight into ourselves'? It has been a while since I have read a book that is obviously aimed at those studying philosophy or logic and found it to be remarkably straightforward to understand. My interest in the subject is from the educational perspective i.e. 'Why do we accord reflective accounts special status within education?' but I found that all the s [...]

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