Self-Knowledge introduces philosophical ideas about knowledge and the self. The book takes the form of a personal meditation: it is one person's attempt to reflect philosophically upon vital aspects of his existence. It shows how profound philosophy can swiftly emerge from intense private reflection upon the details of one's life and, thus, will help the reader take the first steps toward philosophical self-understanding. Along the way, readers will encounter moments of puzzlement, then clarity, followed by more perplexity and further insights, and then-finally-some philosophical peace of mind.
Stephen Hetherington is Professor of Philosophy at the University of New South Wales. He is an internationally respected scholar on the topic of knowledge and its philosophical dimensions. He has written four books on the subject, including Good Knowledge, Bad Knowledge (Oxford University Press, 2001), and has edited two others, most recently Epistemology Futures (Oxford University Press, 2006).