The process of introspection involves observation of one's own mental processes, thinking and emotional states. Some argue that introspection is a reliable guide to self-knowledge. This is problematic, however, because introspection is itself a thinking of process - can one engage in introspection for the process of introspection itself? This will result in an endless spiral of infinite introspection, not to mention an infinite number of simultaneous mental events, meaning that at some process introspection must stop and unreflective thinking start.
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What is the Philosophy of Mind?
The relatively recent specialty known as Philosophy of Mind deals with questions of consciousness and how it interacts with the body and the outside world. Thus, it asks not only what mental phenomena are and what gives rise to them, but also what relationship they have to the larger physical body and the world around us.
What is Philosophy?
What is philosophy? Is there any point in studying philosophy, or is it a useless subject? What are the different branches of philosophy - what's the difference between aestheitcs and ethics? What's the difference between metaphysics and epistemology?