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Experience and the world's own language : a critique of John McDowell's empiricism

Author: Richard Gaskin; Oxford University Press.
Publisher: Oxford : Clarendon Press ; Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2006.
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Gaskin argues that John McDowell's attempt to revive the doctrine of empiricism in a 'minimal' or 'transcendental' form is seriously undermined by inadequacies in the way he conceives what he styles the 'order of justification' connecting world, experience, and judgement.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Gaskin, Richard, 1960-
Experience and the world's own language.
Oxford : Clarendon Press ; Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2006
Named Person: John McDowell; John McDowell
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Gaskin; Oxford University Press.
ISBN: 0199287252 9780199287253 9781435622906 1435622901 9780191603969 0191603961
OCLC Number: 123131682
Description: 1 online resource (x, 251 pages)
Contents: Minimal empiricism and the 'order of justification' --
Minimal empiricism : introductory --
Minimal empiricism : some initial difficulties --
McDowell's empiricism : overview and prospective --
The simple model of empirical content --
The 'order of justification' --
From the complex to the simple model of empirical content --
Experience and causation --
Causation and the complex model of empirical content --
The threat of Anomalous Monism --
Causation in the space of reasons --
Nature and supernature --
Rampant and naturalized platonisms --
Realm-o-flaw causation and the myth of the given --
Experience and judgement --
McDowell's transcendental argument --
Judgement and freedom --
Knowledge and the opportunity to know --
Knowledge and infallibility --
Ayer on perceptual error --
Experience and self-consciousness --
The 'highest common factor' conception of experience --
McDowell's individualism --
Externalism and the individual --
Externalism and the 'order of justification' --
The mental lives of infants and animals --
Two species of mentality --
Mentality and the transcendental argument --
Objections to McDowell's account --
Conceptual consciousness and the Private Language Argument --
Not a something, but not a nothing either --
Feeling pain and feeling a pain --
Mentality and conceptual sophistication --
Two species of mentality revisited --
Mentality and propositional content --
Diagnosis and treatment --
The ailment : Kantian transcendental idealism --
Sense, reference, and concepts --
Propositions and states of affairs --
Concepts and nominalism --
Wittgenstein and ultra-realism --
Ultrarealism and universals --
The world's own language --
Combining objects and concepts at the level of reference --
Locating propositions at the level of reference --
The problem of falsity --
Truth and intrinsicism --
Der Mensch spricht nicht allein --
Epilogue : the unity of the proposition.
Responsibility: Richard Gaskin.
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