Polity (2004)

Authors
Max De Gaynesford
University of Reading
Abstract
John McDowell has set the philosophical world alight with a revolutionary approach to the subject, illuminating old problems with dazzling particularity. In this welcome introduction to his work, Maximilian de Gaynesford puts writing within comfortable reach of non-specialists. The guiding argument of the book is that the variety of McDowell's interests disguises a core concern with a single basic goal: 'giving philosophy peace'. Since the dawn of the subject, philosophy has struggled with the question: can our experience of the world give rational support to what we think and say; and if so, how? McDowell claims that philosophy has itself to blame if these questions seem problematic, and this book's animating purpose is to see what sense can be made of this notorious claim. In McDowell's view, the illusion that our fundamental relations with the world are truly problematic is traceable to false views about nature. We should give proper weight to a natural fact about the world: that human beings are of a kind that is naturally placed within the natural order. De Gaynesford analyses McDowell's densely argued and meticulous work in a lucid, balanced and engaging way, that will prove invaluable for all students and scholars of McDowell and philosophy
Keywords Philosophy, British
Categories (categorize this paper)
Call number B1647.M144.D4 2004
ISBN(s) 9780745630366   0745630375   0745630367   9780745630373  
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 53,682
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Scientism and Scientific Imperialism.Jonathan Beale - 2019 - International Journal of Philosophical Studies 27 (1):73-102.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

McDowell and Idealism.Adrian Haddock - 2008 - Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 51 (1):79 – 96.
The Question of Idealism in McDowell.Michael Morris - 2009 - Philosophical Topics 37 (1):95-114.
John Mcdowell.Tim Thornton - 2004 - Routledge.
Naturalism and the Space of Reasons in Mind and World.T. H. Ho - 2014 - International Journal of Philosophical Studies 22 (1):49-62.
A Sense of Occasion.Charles Travis - 2005 - Philosophical Quarterly 55 (219):286–314.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2009-01-28

Total views
22 ( #452,951 of 2,349,384 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
1 ( #510,581 of 2,349,384 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes