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Cass J Weller
PHIL 526
Seattle Campus

Seminar in Recent Philosophy

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Mind and World is a series of lectures in which McDowell offers to rescue empiricism by showing how the world rationally constrains our belief. His rescue has the added benefit of relieving the the dizziness induced by endless oscillation between givennism and coherentism. The main idea is that perceptual experience is conceptual so it can stand in justificatory relations to beliefs and when veridical directly revelatory of facts so it can function as a rational constraint external to the dynamic system of beliefs. While Mind and World is the main text, there will be many side trips both by way of background and as an opportunity to examine objections and McDowell's replies. TEXT: "Mind and World", John McDowell.

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Last Update by Annette R. Bernier
Date: 02/19/2014