Experience and the World's Own Language: A Critique of John Mcdowell's Empiricism

Experience and the World's Own Language: A Critique of John Mcdowell's Empiricism

by Richard Gaskin
     
 

ISBN-10: 0199287252

ISBN-13: 9780199287253

Pub. Date: 04/13/2006

Publisher: Oxford University Press

John McDowell's "minimal empiricism" is one of the most influential and widely discussed doctrines in contemporary philosophy. Richard Gaskin subjects it to careful examination and criticism, arguing that it has unacceptable consequences, and in particular that it mistakenly rules out something we all know to be the case: that infants and non-human

Overview

John McDowell's "minimal empiricism" is one of the most influential and widely discussed doctrines in contemporary philosophy. Richard Gaskin subjects it to careful examination and criticism, arguing that it has unacceptable consequences, and in particular that it mistakenly rules out something we all know to be the case: that infants and non-human animals experience a world. Gaskin traces the errors in McDowell's empiricism to their source, and presents his own, still more minimal, version of empiricism, suggesting that a correct philosophy of language requires us to recognize a sense in which the world we experience speaks its own language.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199287253
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
04/13/2006
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 5.70(h) x 0.80(d)

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Table of Contents

1. Minimal empiricism and the 'order of justification'
2. Experience and causation
3. Experience and judgement
4. The mental lives of infants and animals
5. Diagnosis and treatment
6. The world's own language

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