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The engaged intellect : philosophical essays

Author: John Henry McDowell
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2009.
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"The Engaged Intellect 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. It is typical of McDowell to represent his own best insights either as already to be found in the writings of his heroes (Aristotle, Wittgenstein, Gadamer, and Sellars) or as  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Aufsatzsammlung
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: John Henry McDowell
ISBN: 9780674031647 0674031644
OCLC Number: 221663148
Description: ix, 343 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Ancient philosophy. Falsehood and not-being in Plato's Sophist ; Eudaimonism and realism in Aristotle's ethics ; Deliberation and moral development in Aristotle's ethics ; Incontinence and practical wisdom in Aristotle --
Issues in Wittgenstein. Are meaning, understanding, etc., definite states? ; How not to read Philosophical investigations: Brandom's Wittgenstein --
Issues in Davidson. Scheme-content dualism and empiricism ; Gadamer and Davidson on understanding and relativism ; Subjective, intersubjective, objective --
Reference, objectivity, and knowledge. Evan's Frege ; Referring to oneself ; Towards rehabilitating objectivity ; The disjunctive conception of experience as material for a transcendental argument --
Themes from Mind and world revisited. Experiencing the world ; Naturalism in the philosophy of mind --
Responses to Brandom and Dreyfus. Knowledge and the internal revisited ; Motivating inferentialism: comments on chapter 2 of Making it explicit ; What myth? ; Response to Dreyfus.
Responsibility: John McDowell.
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A collection of essays, which show how progress is to be achieved by preserving what is most attractive in the views of those the author is in conversation with, while whittling away their weaknesses.

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