Mind and World

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Harvard University Press, Sep 1, 1996 - Philosophy - 191 pages
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Modern 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, one of the most distinguished philosophers writing today offers his diagnosis of this difficulty and points to a cure. In doing so, he delivers the most complete and ambitious statement to date of his own views, a statement that no one concerned with the future of philosophy can afford to ignore.

John McDowell amply 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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User Review  - Otto Lehto - Goodreads

I disagree with the author, but I must admit the book contains many great insights. The book revisits the Kantian idea that perception must be shaped by our conceptual capacities (our capacity for ... Read full review

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User Review  - Ben Labe - Goodreads

In Mind and World, a printed recreation of John McDowell's 1991 John Locke lectures, McDowell attempts to dissolve one of modern philosophy's most pressing anxieties. Our equally strong desires to ... Read full review

Contents

Concepts and Intuitions
3
The Unboundedness of the Conceptual
24
Nonconceptual Content
46
Reason and Nature
66
Action Meaning and the Self
87
Rational and Other Animals
108
Davidson in Context
129
Postscript to Lecture III
162
Postscript to Lecture V
175
Postscript to Lecture VI
181
Index
189
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John McDowell is University Professor of Philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh.

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