chapter  2
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Heck on self-conscious thoughts

Let us follow Heck in approaching “You”-thoughts indirectly, via consideration of “I”- thoughts. Heck characterises the relevant range of “I”-thoughts as “self-conscious thoughts”. About them he writes:

We can see why this is so by considering the following line of argument. The key premise in the argument is that thinking about oneself first-personally, or self-consciously, in a way one would naturally express by the use of “I”, seems to be distinct from any way of thinking about oneself third-personally. For one might have any piece of third-personal knowledge about oneself without thereby having the analogous piece of first-personal knowledge about oneself. For example, I might see someone in the mirror and come, on that basis, to know that that person looks tired. Unbeknownst to me, I am that person. In that case, I might fail to realise that I look tired. Thus, it is plausible that we should distinguish my thought that that person looks tired from my thought that I look tired.