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  1. Naturalism in Question.Mario De Caro & David Macarthur (eds.) - 2004 - Harvard University Press.
    This volume presents a group of leading thinkers who criticize scientific naturalism not in the name of some form of supernaturalism, but in order to defend a ...
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    Liberal Naturalism and the Scientific Image of the World.David Macarthur - forthcoming - Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy:1-21.
    ABSTRACTThis paper distinguishes between the theoretical scientific image and the practical scientific image. The popular idea that there is a conceptual clash between the scientific and manifest images of the world is revealed as largely illusory. From the perspective of a liberal naturalism, the placement problem for ‘problematic’ entities or truths is not solved but dissolved. Persons, say, are not posits of any explanatory science, but beings acknowledged as rational agencies in second-personal space. Core elements of the manifest image are (...)
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    Liberal Naturalism and the Scientific Image of the World.David Macarthur - forthcoming - Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy:1-21.
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    Naturalism and Normativity.Mario De Caro & David Macarthur (eds.) - 2010 - Cambridge University Press.
    Normativity concerns what we ought to think or do and the evaluations we make. For example, we say that we ought to think consistently, we ought to keep our promises, or that Mozart is a better composer than Salieri. Yet what philosophical moral can we draw from the apparent absence of normativity in the scientific image of the world? For scientific naturalists, the moral is that the normative must be reduced to the nonnormative, while for nonnaturalists, the moral is that (...)
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  5. Introduction - the Nature of Naturalism.David Macarthur & Mario De Caro - 2004 - In Naturalism in Question. Harvard University Press.
    The critical concern of the present volume is contemporary naturalism, both in its scientific version and as represented by newly emerging hopes for another, philosophically more liberal, naturalism.1 The papers collected here are state-of-the-art discussions that question the appeal, rational motivations, and presuppositions of scientific naturalism across a broad range of philosophical topics. As an alternative to scientific naturalism, we offer the outlines of a new non- reductive form of naturalism and a more inclusive conception of nature than any provided (...)
     
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    Between Philosophy and Art.Jennifer A. McMahon, Elizabeth B. Coleman, David Macarthur, James Phillips & Daniel von Sturmer - 2016 - Australasian Journal of Popular Culture 5 (2/3):135-150.
    Similarity and difference, patterns of variation, consistency and coherence: these are the reference points of the philosopher. Understanding experience, exploring ideas through particular instantiations, novel and innovative thinking: these are the reference points of the artist. However, at certain points in the proceedings of our Symposium titled, Next to Nothing: Art as Performance, this characterisation of philosopher and artist respectively might have been construed the other way around. The commentator/philosophers referenced their philosophical interests through the particular examples/instantiations created by the (...)
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    Naturalism in Question.Mario De Caro & David Macarthur - 2007 - Philosophical Review 116 (4):657-663.
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  8. Taking the Human Sciences Seriously.David Macarthur - 2010 - In Mario de Caro & David Macarthur (eds.), Naturalism and Normativity. Columbia University Press.
     
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  9. McDowell, Scepticism, and the 'Veil of Perception'.David Macarthur - 2003 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 81 (2):175-190.
    McDowell has argued that external world scepticism is a pressing problem only in so far as we accept, on the basis of the argument from illusion, the claim that perceiving that p and hallucinating that p involve a highest common factor.
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  10. Quinean Naturalism in Question.David Macarthur - 2008 - Philo 11 (1):5-18.
    This paper is a critical discussion of Quine’s naturalist credos: (1) physicalism; (2) there is no first philosophy; (3) philosophy is continuous with science; and (4) the only responsible theory of the world as a whole is scientific theory. The aim is to show that Quine’s formulations admit of two readings: a strong reading (often Quine’s own) which is compatible with reductive forms of naturalism but implausible; and a mild reading which is plausible but suggestive of more liberal forms of (...)
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  11. Pragmatism, Metaphysical Quietism, and the Problem of Normativity.David Macarthur - 2008 - Philosophical Topics 36 (1):193-209.
    There has always existed in the world, and there will always continue to exist, some kind of metaphysics, and with it the dialectic that is natural to pure reason. It is therefore the first and most important task of philosophy to deprive metaphysics, once and for all, of its injurious influence, by attacking its errors at their source. - Kant CPR:B xxxi..
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  12. Introduction: Science, Naturalism, and the Problem of Normativity.Mario de Caro & David Macarthur - 2010 - In Mario de Caro & David Macarthur (eds.), Naturalism and Normativity. Columbia University Press.
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    A Vision of Blindness: Blade Runner and Moral Redemption.David Macarthur - 2017 - Film-Philosophy 21 (3):371-391.
    Despite its oft-noted ambiguities, critical reception of Ridley Scott's Blade Runner ; Director's Cut ; Final Cut ) has tended to converge upon seeing it as a futuristic sci-fi film noir whose central concern is what it means to be human, a question that is fraught given the increasingly human-like replicants designed and manufactured by the Tyrell Corporation for human use on off-world colonies. Within the terms of this way of seeing things a great deal of discussion has been devoted (...)
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  14. Review of Wittgenstein and Scepticism - Edited by Denis Mcmanus. [REVIEW]David Macarthur - 2007 - Philosophical Books 48 (2):168-170.
    Wittgenstein has been likened to a Pyrrhonian sceptic, one who employs dialectical skills to avoid rather than defend doctrine, but it is his role in exposing and excavating the sands upon which modern scepticisms have been built that is the subject of this new volume of largely original essays. The first three chapters, by Crispin Wright, Akeel Bilgrami and Michael Williams find inspiration in On Certainty for singling out key moves in the initial set-up of external world scepticism; the next (...)
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  15. Putnam's Natural Realism and the Question of a Perceptual Interface.David Macarthur - 2004 - Philosophical Explorations 7 (2):167-181.
    In his Dewey Lectures,1 Hilary Putnam argues that contemporary philosophy cannot solve nor see its way past the traditional problem of how language or thought hooks on to.
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    Liberal Naturalism and Second-Personal Space: A Neo-Pragmatist Response to “The Natural Origins of Content”.David Macarthur - 2015 - Philosophia 43 (3):565-578.
    Reviewing the state of play in the attempt to naturalise content a quarter of a century after John Haugeland’s survey paper “The Intentionality All-Stars”, Dan Hutto and Glenda Satne propose a new naturalistic account of content that supposedly synthesizes what is best in the three failed programs of neo-Cartesianism, neo-Behaviourism and neo-Pragmatism. They propose to appeal to a Relaxed Naturalism, a non-reductive genealogical form of explanation and a primitive notion of contentless ur-intentionality. In this paper I argue that the authors’ (...)
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  17. Skepticism, Self-Knowledge and Responsibility.David Macarthur - 2006 - In Stephen Hetherington (ed.), Aspects of Knowing. Elsevier. pp. 97.
    Modern skepticism can be usefully divided into two camps: the Cartesian and the Humean.1 Cartesian skepticism is a matter of a theoretical doubt that has little or no practical import in our everyday lives. Its employment concerns whether or not we can achieve a special kind of certain knowledge – something Descartes calls “scientia” 2—that is far removed from our everyday aims or standards of epistemic appraisal. Alternatively, Humean skepticism engages the ancient skeptical concern with whether we have good reason, (...)
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    Vanishing Into Things: Knowledge in Chinese Tradition by Barry Allen: Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2015, Pp. Viii + 298, US$45. [REVIEW]David Macarthur - 2017 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 95 (4):807-810.
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    Putnam, Pragmatism and the Fate of Metaphysics.David Macarthur - 2008 - European Journal of Analytic Philosophy 4 (2):33-46.
    In Renewing Philosophy (1992), having surveyed a number of metaphysical programs in contemporary analytic philosophy, including Bernard Williams’ appeal to an absolute conception of the world, Ruth Millikan’s attempt to reduce intentionality to biological function, and Nelson Goodman’s irrealism, Putnam concludes as follows: I have argued that the decision of a large part of contemporary analytic philosophy to become a form of metaphysics is a mistake. Indeed, contemporary analytic metaphysics is in many ways a parody of the great metaphysics of (...)
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  20. Aesthetics (Analytic).David Macarthur - 2010 - In Graham Oppy Nick Trakakis (ed.), A Companion to Philosophy in Australia and New Zealand. Monash UP.
    If Western philosophy is a series of footnotes to Plato, then aesthetics is a series of footnotes to Kant. This is as true of the analytic tradition as of the Continental. But there has been an important change of emphasis in the object of inquiry of analytic aesthetics, which predominantly concerns theorising about the experience and criticism of works of art. Kant’s idea of aesthetics as primarily concerned with beauty, or heightened or intensified perceptual experiences of natural phenomena, has largely (...)
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  21. Review of Richard H. Popkin and Avrum Stroll, Skeptical Philosophy for Everyone. [REVIEW]David Macarthur - 2003 - Philosophy in Review 23 (4):272-274.
     
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  22. The Commitments of Naturalism – A Dialog.David Macarthur - unknown
    As a worldview, naturalism depends on a set of cognitive commitments from which flow certain propositions about reality and human nature. These propositions in turn might have implications for how we live, for social policy, and for human flourishing. But the presuppositions, basis, and implications of naturalism are not uncontested, and indeed there’s considerable debate about them among naturalists themselves.
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    Stanley Cavell and the Education of Grownups.David Macarthur - 2017 - Educational Theory 67 (2):215-224.
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    Reflections on “Architecture is a Gesture” (Wittgenstein).David Macarthur - 2014 - Paragrana: Internationale Zeitschrift für Historische Anthropologie 23 (1):88-100.
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    Naturalizing the Human or Humanizing Nature: Science, Nature and the Supernatural.David Macarthur - 2004 - Erkenntnis 61 (1):29-51.
    The present paper challenges the narrow scientistic conception of Nature that underlies current projects of naturalization involving, say, evaluative or intentional discourse. It is more plausible to hold that science provides only a partial characterization of the natural world. I consider McDowell's articulation of a more liberal naturalism, one which recognizes autonomous normative facts about reasons, meanings and values, as genuine constituents of Nature on a more liberal conception of it. Several critics have claimed that this account is vitiated by (...)
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    Putnam's Natural Realism and the Question of a Perceptual Interface.David Macarthur - 2004 - Philosophical Exploration 7 (2):167-181.
    In his Dewey Lectures,1 Hilary Putnam argues that contemporary philosophy cannot solve nor see its way past the traditional problem of how language or thought hooks on to ‘external’ or mind-independent reality. This ‘antinomy of realism’ is generated, ultimately, by a broadly Cartesian picture of perception according to which, despite renouncing substance dualism for materialist monism, sense experience continues to be understood in terms of an interface between mind and world. At the interface there is supposed to be a ‘direct’ (...)
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    Review of Possibilities of Perception by Jennifer Church.David Macarthur - 2015 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 93 (1):178-182.
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    Hilary Putnam.David Macarthur - 2017 - The Harvard Review of Philosophy 24:135-141.
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    Review of J. E. Malpas, Place and Experience: A Philosophical Topography.David Macarthur - 2001 - Philosophical Review 110 (4):632.
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    Review of Jack Ritchie, Understanding Naturalism[REVIEW]David Macarthur - 2009 - Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2009 (11).
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    Living Our Skepticism of Others Through Film: Remarks In Light of Cavell.David Macarthur - 2016 - Substance 45 (3):120-136.
    In Stanley Cavell’s ethical universe, no concept is of more moment than that of acknowledgement. In Cavell’s view, the question of acknowledgement is not a matter of choice but is at issue whenever we confront, or are confronted by, others. To acknowledge is to admit or confess or reveal to someone, typically another, those things about oneself and one’s relations to the world and others that one, being human, cannot fail to know – except that “nothing is more human than (...)
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    What Goes Without Seeing: Marriage, Sex and the Ordinary in The Awful Truth.David Macarthur - 2014 - Film-Philosophy 18 (1):92-109.
    This paper offers a reading of The Awful Truth in order to meditate further on Stanley Cavell's articulation of the themes of the ordinary and perfectionist marriage as exemplified in the genre of films he calls the Hollywood Comedy of Remarriage in Cavell and . I explore different ways in which this film and the medium of film generally are capable of making the unseen visible: revealing the ordinary that is hidden behind its very familiarity; making available an awareness that (...)
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    Review of Paul Horwich, Reflections on Meaning[REVIEW]David Macarthur - 2007 - Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2007 (3).
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    The Seriousness of Doubt and Our Natural Trust in the Senses in the First Meditation.David Macarthur - 2003 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy 33 (2):159-181.
    In the present paper I shall argue that the real problem here is the very idea that there is a dilemma that compels us to choose sides. We can hold both that the meditator's doubts are fully serious, and that they leave the perspective of common sense largely unscathed. The key to dissolving the dilemma is to see that the meditator observes a distinction between two levels of epistemic standards: the very demanding standards appropriate to certainty, understood in a rather (...)
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    Introduction.David Macarthur - 2017 - In Hilary Putnam (ed.), Pragmatism as a Way of Life: The Lasting Legacy of William James and John Dewey. Harvard University Press. pp. 1-10.
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    Place and Experience: A Philosophical Topography. [REVIEW]David Macarthur - 2001 - Philosophical Review 110 (4):632-634.
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  37. Review of Nigel Warburton, The Art Question. [REVIEW]David Macarthur - 2010 - Literature and Aesthetics 20 (2):147.
     
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  38. Possibilities of Perception by Jennifer Church: Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013, Pp. Viii + 284, £35. [REVIEW]David Macarthur - 2015 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 93 (1):178-182.
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  39. Reflections on “Architecture is a Gesture”.David Macarthur - 2014 - Paragrana 23 (1).
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  40. Skeptical Reason and Inner Experience: A Re-Examination of the Problem of the External World.David Macarthur - 1999 - Dissertation, Harvard University
    In contrast to the recent trend of taking external world skepticism as a narrow problem for a demanding conception of "objective" or "certain" knowledge about the world, my thesis offers a re-examination of the distinctively perceptual basis of the skeptical problem. On my view the skeptic challenges the very possibility of rationally justifying beliefs in so far as they are based on sense experience, a characterization that helps to explain the continuity into the modern period of the ancient skeptical challenge (...)
     
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