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Though Gessen clearly sympathizes with the Russian liberals, the failed search for self-knowledge cuts across the ideological spectrum.
Because of his youth, Charmides is not troubled by a conflation of the two, but Critias sees further and realizes that there is a problem here, and so he tries to formulate a kind of self-knowledge that occludes the relation of self, and self-knowledge, to others.
In some cases, blind spots in self-knowledge can have negative consequences, such as poor decision-making, poor academic achievement, emotional and interpersonal problems, and lower life satisfaction.
This entails self-knowledge, "for how can it [the mind] love what it does not know?" (9.3.3).
If one Googles the phrase ''academic self-knowledge," one sees tens of thousands of hits referring to various studies in social psychology, such as student identity and its relation to academic competencies, attitudes and perceptions of black American students about themselves and their consequences for academic achievement, etc.
The self-knowledge expressed in "I believe that P" is not only less prone to error but also more immediate than knowledge about the beliefs of other people.
She argues that the motivation to see ourselves in a desirable way is one of the main obstacles to self-knowledge. For instance, people may overestimate their virtuous qualities to ward off negative feelings or boost self-esteem.
Skepticism about self-knowledge is not engendered by Putnam's reflections about meaning.
Haslam writes: "The very foundations of great singing are not learned in the studio; we teach them to ourselves through greater self-knowledge." The Heart of Singing is an excellent tool to nudge singers into taking charge of their studies and benefiting from the change.
Insofar as one knows one's self for no other reason than that the mind is present to itself, it appears that we need not appeal to knowledge of God as a reason for why we have self-knowledge. Indeed, it seems, on the basis of these locutions, that Augustine does not consider the enterprise of knowing one's self to present any real difficulty.
Lewis's last and--many would argue--greatest novel, has much to offer on the topic of self-knowledge. In order to explore this, however, a brief summary of the plot may be helpful.
Stay Away from Rat Boy is highly recommended as a self-knowledge tool for middle reader classrooms.