By (author) Maximilian de Gaynesford
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John McDowell by Maximilian de Gaynesford
Book DescriptionJohn McDowell has set the philosophical world alight with a revolutionary approach to the subject, illuminating old problems with dazzling particularity. In this welcome introduction to his work, Maximilian de Gaynesford puts writing within comfortable reach of non--specialists. The guiding argument of the book is that the variety of McDowella s interests disguises a core concern with a single basic goal: a giving philosophy peacea . Since the dawn of the subject, philosophy has struggled with the question: can our experience of the world give rational support to what we think and say; and if so, how? McDowell claims that philosophy has itself to blame if these questions seem problematic, and this booka s animating purpose is to see what sense can be made of this notorious claim. In McDowella s view, the illusion that our fundamental relations with the world are truly problematic is traceable to false views about nature. We should give proper weight to a natural fact about the world: that human beings are of a kind that is naturally placed within the natural order. De Gaynesford analyses McDowella s densely argued and meticulous work in a lucid, balanced and engaging way, that will prove invaluable for all students and scholars of McDowell and philosophy.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780745630366
(235mm x 156mm x 24mm)
Imprint: Polity Press
Publisher: Polity Press
Publish Date: 17-Jun-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Maximilian de Gaynesford
Rift in the Lute, Hardback (April 2017)
What is it for poetry to be serious and to be taken seriously? What is it to be open to poetry, attuned to what it says, alive to what it does? These questions call equally on poetry and philosophy, but poetry and philosophy have an ancient quarrel. Maximilian de Gaynesford converts their mutual antipathy into something mutually enhancing.
Agents and Their Actions, Paperback (July 2011)
Reflecting a recent flourishing of creative thinking in the field, Agents and Their Actions presents seven newly commissioned essays by leading international philosophers that highlight the most recent debates in the philosophy of action.
I, Hardback (March 2006)
I is perhaps the most important and the least understood of our everyday expressions. This is a source of philosophical confusion. This book explains what this expression means. It shows the way to an understanding of how we express first-personal thinking.
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John McDowell has set the philosophical world alight with a revolutionary approach to the subject, illuminating old problems with dazzling particularity. In this welcome introduction to his work, Maximilian de Gaynesford puts writing within comfortable reach of non--specialists.
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Author Biography - Maximilian de Gaynesford
Maximilian De Gaynesford is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the College of William and Mary, Virginia
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