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Department of Philosophy

Forthcoming Research Seminars and Lectures

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13th November 2014: Tim Thornton (Lancashire) - On the therapeutic status of McDowell’s representationalism.

(15 July 2014)

Weekly Research Seminar

This Weekly Research Seminar will commence at 11:30am. The seminar will take place in room 005, 48/49 Old Elvet. Refreshments will be available from 11:00am with the talk commencing at 11:30am.

Title: On the therapeutic status of McDowell’s representationalism.


In Mind and World and other papers written around the same time, McDowell presents his representational account of experience as contributing to the dissolution of felt problems attaching to transcendental empiricism which he describes as, itself, innocent. With echoes of Sellars’ Myth of Jones, the content of experience is modelled on that of judgements and provides a philosophically minimal account of the rational friction of world on thought. But since ‘Avoiding the Myth of the Given’, the account has become a more complex theory of perceptual experience. Given McDowell’s meta-philosophical aims, the very substance of the recent stages of the evolution of the account suggests the need for a re-examination of the argument for representationalism in the first place.


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