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Believing in Yourself

Kestra is about to run her first marathon. Kestra has never run a marathon before—it is something she wants to try. The night before, she gets cold feet, wondering if she will be able to finish it. Kestra’s friend tells her to believe in herself. Kestra summons this belief and shows up the next day…

5 Ways of Not Knowing What You Really Wanted

It’s commonplace that we often fail to know our own desires. But exactly what is going on in these cases? Here are five cases in which someone might say she didn’t know what she really wanted. These cases have slightly different explanations, but several of them involve positing a kind of structure…

Meno Problems

Meno famously asks Socrates how he can seek knowledge of virtue if he does not already know what it is. How, in fact, can we look for anything if we do not already know what it is?—as we do when we solve for x, or look up a word to learn how to spell it. Meno is suggesting that the whole…

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