I am interested in the issue of how we know our own mental states. How do we have access to our own mental states? And what makes that access special? I have tried to offer on an answer to these questions for the cases of belief and desire that draws on the so-called 'transparency' of belief. I defend the view that we attribute beliefs and desires to ourselves based on our grounds for those beliefs and desires. I have also developed three applications of this view to put forward a solution to Moore's paradox, an account of the thought-insertion delusion, and an explanation of self-deception. In the future, I am hoping to extend this model to an account of our knowledge of our own actions. I am currently working on a discussion of Paul Boghossian's 'memory argument' for the incompatibility of self-knowledge and externalism about mental content.
(2013) Transparent Minds: A Study of Self-Knowledge. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
(2009) (with Tim Bayne) Delusion and Self-Deception: Affective influences on belief formation . New York: Psychology Press.
(2015) "Externalism, Self-Knowledge and Memory" in S. Goldberg (Ed.) Externalism and Skepticism. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
(2009) "Introspection" in John Symons & Paco Calvo (eds.) Routledge Companion to the Philosophy of Psychology. London: Routledge.
(2009) (with Tim Bayne) "Delusion and Self-deception: Mapping the terrain" in T. Bayne and J. Fernandez (Eds.) Delusion and Self-Deception: Affective influences on belief formation . New York: Psychology Press.
(Forthcoming) (with Suzanne Bliss) "Schizophrenia and the estranged self", in the Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice.
(2013) "Self-Deception and Self-Knowledge", in Philosophical Studies.
(2010) "Thought Insertion and Self-Knowledge", in Mind & Language.
(2007) "Desire and Self Knowledge", in the Australasian Journal of Philosophy.
(2005) "Self-knowledge, rationality and Moore's paradox", in Philosophy and Phenomenological Research.
(2005) "Privileged Access Revisited" in The Philosophical Quarterly.
(2004) "Externalism and Self-Knowledge: A puzzle in two dimensions" in The European Journal of Philosophy.
(2003) "Privileged access naturalized" in The Philosophical Quarterly.
(2009) "Review of 'Describing Inner Experience?' by Eric Schwitzgebel and Russell Hurlburt", in Mind.
(2006) "Review of 'Speaking my Mind' by Dorit Bar-On", in The Philosophical Quarterly.