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Mind and World by John McDowell
Book DescriptionModern philosophy finds it difficult to give a satisfactory picture of the place of minds in the world. In "Mind and World", based on the 1991 John Locke Lectures, John McDowell offers his diagnosis of this difficulty and points to a cure. He illustrates a major problem of modern philosophy - the insidious persistence of dualism - in his discussion of empirical thought. Much as we would like to conceive empirical thought as rationally grounded in experience, pitfalls await anyone who tries to articulate this position, and McDowell exposes these traps by exploiting the work of contemporary philosophers from Wilfrid Sellars to Donald Davidson. These difficulties, he contends, reflect an understandable - but surmountable - failure to see how we might integrate what Sellars calls "the logical space of reasons" into the natural world. What underlies this impasse is a conception of nature that has certain attractions for the modern age, a conception that McDowell proposes to put aside, thus circumventing these philosophical difficulties. By returning to a pre-modern conception of nature but retaining the intellectual advance of modernity that has mistakenly been viewed as dislodging it, he makes room for a fully satisfying conception of experience as a rational openness to independent reality. This approach also overcomes other obstacles that impede a generally satisfying understanding of how we are placed in the world.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780674576100
(235mm x 155mm x 14mm)
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 30-Aug-1996
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author John McDowell
Theaetetus, Paperback (March 2014)
The Theaetetus is a seminal text in the philosophy of knowledge, acknowledged as one of Plato's finest works. Cast as a conversation between Socrates and a student, Theaetetus, it explores the key philosophical issue: what is knowledge? This new edition combines the acclaimed translation by John McDowell with a valuable introduction and notes.
Having the World in View, Paperback (September 2013)
Building on his much discussed Mind and World, the author argues that the roots of some problems plaguing contemporary philosophy can be found in issues that were first discerned by Kant, and that the best way to get a handle on them is to follow those issues as they are reshaped in the writings of Hegel and Sellars.
Engaged Intellect, Paperback (September 2013)
A book that collects important essays of John McDowell. Each involves a sustained engagement with the views of an important philosopher and is characterized by a modesty that is partly temperamental and partly methodological.
Philosophy and the Burden of Theological Honesty, Hardback (June 2011)» View all books by John McDowell
Donald M MacKinnon has been one of the most important and influential of post-war British theologians and religious philosophers. This title collects several of MacKinnon's most outstanding papers, ranging from his reflections on theology as educational, the nature of moral reasoning, considerations of ecclesial practice, dogmatics and hope.
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Author Biography - John McDowell
John McDowell is University Professor of Philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh.
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