Reflection Of Reflection On Reflection

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Four preliminary questions are useful to frame philosophical analysis of introspection. First, in what does introspection consist? In general terms, introspection is a way to recognize, to learn or to be aware of our own current and recently past mental states and processes, and to self-attribute those states and processes. As opposed to retrospection—the reflection of strictly past events and experiences—introspection focuses on concurrent states and processes as they happen in our mind or occur in the stream of consciousness, and enables us to describe and report our thoughts and experiences—it does not imply that some dose of short-term memory is not necessary for introspecting though.
However, introspection does not necessarily result in verbally reporting our mental states or processes aloud; we may generate judgments about them and these can be reported or remain in inner speech. Henceforth, introspective judgments and reports are also called upshots or deliverances of introspection. The distinction among introspective judgments, introspective reports, and the introspective process itself is relevant. Judgments and/or reports may count as steps or parts of the introspective process, but are not reducible to it.
Now, we might say that the sense of awareness at stake alludes to a faculty of self-probing our mental states and processes together with our abilities to form judgments of our states and processes, and to report them accordingly, e.g. whether a specific

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