John McDowell

2nd Edition

Tim Thornton

Published June 13, 2019
Reference - 294 Pages
ISBN 9781138214453 - CAT# Y290853

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John McDowell is one of the most widely read philosophers in recent years. His engagement with a philosophy of language, mind and ethics and with philosophers ranging from Aristotle and Wittgenstein to Hegel and Gadamer make him one of the most original and outstanding philosophical thinkers of the post-war period.

In this clear and engaging book, Tim Thornton introduces and examines the full range of McDowell's thought. After a helpful introduction setting out McDowell's general view of philosophy, Thornton introduces and explains the following topics:

  • Wittgenstein on philosophy, normativity and understanding;
  • value judgements;
  • theories of meaning and sense;
  • singular thought and Cartesianism;
  • perceptual experience and knowledge, disjunctivism and openness to the world;
  • Mind and World, the content of perceptual experience and idealism;
  • action and the debate with Hubert Dreyfus on conceptual content and skilled coping.

This second edition has been significantly revised and expanded to include new sections on: McDowell's work on disjunctivism and criticisms of it; a new chapter on McDowell's modification of his account of perceptual experience and conceptual content, and criticisms by Charles Travis; and a new chapter on action and McDowell's engagement with Hubert Dreyfus and the debate concerning skilled coping and mindedness.

The addition of a glossary and suggestions for further reading makes John McDowell, second edition essential reading for those studying McDowell, philosophy of language, philosophy of mind, ethics and epistemology, as well as for students of the recent history of analytical philosophy generally.


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