Sense and Sensibility Educated: A Note on Experience and (Minimal) Empiricism

International Journal of Philosophical Studies 20 (5):741-747 (2012)
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McDowell’s minimal empiricism holds that experience, understood as providing conceptually articulated contents, plays a role in the justification of our beliefs. We question this idea by contrasting the role of perceptual experience in moral and non-moral judgments and conclude that experience per se is irrelevant in the former case and should also be so in the latter one: only with the help of adequate beliefs experience can provide a connection with the world. We conclude with some remarks concerning the importance of experience.

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Manuel De Pinedo García
University of Granada
Hilan Bensusan
University of Brasilia

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