Mind, Value, and Reality

Mind, Value, and Reality

by John McDowell

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Overview

This paper collects some of John McDowell's papers, written at various times over the 1980s and 1990s. One group of essays deals mainly with issues in the interpretation of the ethical writings of Aristotle and Plato. A second group of papers contains more direct treatments of questions in moral philosophy that arise naturally out of reflection on the Greek tradition. Some of the essays in the second group exploit Wittgensteinian ideas about reason in action, and they open into the third group of papers, which contains readings of central elements in Wittgenstein's difficult later work. A fourth group deals with issues in the philosophy of mind and with questions about personal identity and the special character of first-personal thought and speech.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674007130
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 12/21/2001
Edition description: Revised ed.
Pages: 416
Product dimensions: 5.69(w) x 8.94(h) x (d)

About the Author

John McDowell is University Professor of Philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh.

Table of Contents

I. Greek Ethics

The Role of Eudaimonia in Aristotle's Ethics

Some Issues in Aristotle's Moral Psychology

Virtue and Reason

II. Reason, Value, and Reality

Are Moral Requirements Hypothetical Imperatives?

Might There Be External Reasons?

Aesthetic Value, Objectivity, and the Fabric of the World

Values and Secondary Qualities

Projection and Truth in Ethics

Two Sorts of Naturalism

Non-Cognitivism and Rule-Following

III. Issues in Wittgenstein

Wittgenstein on Following a Rule

Meaning and Intentionality in Wittgenstein's Later Philosophy

One Strand in the Private Language Argument

Intentionality and Interiority in Wittgenstein

IV. Mind and Self

Functionalism and Anomalous Monism

The Content of Perceptual Experience

Reductionism and the First Person

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