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. 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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Author Biography - Maximilian de Gaynesford
Maximilian De Gaynesford is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the College of William and Mary, Virginia