Eric Schwitzgebel (@eschwitz) is Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Riverside, whose research explores the connections between empirical psychology and philosophy of mind, especially the nature of belief; the inaccuracy of our judgments about our stream of conscious experience; and the tenuous relationship between philosophical ethics and actual moral behavior.
He is the author of “Perplexities of Consciousness” and co-author, with psychologist Russell T. Hurlburt, of “Describing Inner Experience? Proponent Meets Skeptic“.
He also maintains a weekly philosophy blog at “The Splintered Mind“.
In today’s episode we discuss the nature of introspection and Eric’s contention that we can never reliably grasp the true nature of our inner selves.
We explore the inadequacies of our imaginary, emotional, and visual experience, the implications of these shortcomings for things like happiness and mental health, and whether or not introspection is something we can learn to do better.
Eric’s homepage at UCR
The Splintered Mind – Eric’s Blog