Naturalism Without Mirrors

Hardcover | April 29, 2011

byHuw Price

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This volume brings together fourteen major essays on truth, naturalism, expressivism and representationalism, by one of contemporary philosophy's most challenging thinkers. Huw Price weaves together Quinean minimalism about truth, Carnapian deflationism about metaphysics, Wittgensteinianpluralism about the functions of declarative language, and Rortyian skepticism about representation to craft a powerful and sustained critique of contemporary naturalistic metaphysics. In its place, he offers us not nonnaturalistic metaphysics, or philosophical quietism, but a new positive programfor philosophy, cast from a pragmatist mold. This collection will be essential reading for anyone interested naturalism, pragmatism, truth, expressivism, pluralism and representationalism, or in deep questions about the direction and foundations of contemporary philosophy. It will be especiallyimportant to practitioners of analytic metaphysics, if they wish to confront the presuppositions of their own discipline.Price recommends a modest explanatory naturalism, in the sense of Hume: naturalism about own linguistic behavior, regarded as a behavior of natural creatures in a natural environment. He shows how this viewpoint privileges use and function over truth and reference, and expression overrepresentation, as useful theoretical categories for the core philosophical project; and thereby undermines the semantic presuppositions of contemporary analytic metaphysics. At the same time, it offers an attractive resolution of the so-called "placement problems", that so preoccupy metaphysicalnaturalists--a global expressivism, with affinities both to the more local expressivism of writers such as Blackburn and Gibbard, and to Brandom's global inferentialism.

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This volume brings together fourteen major essays on truth, naturalism, expressivism and representationalism, by one of contemporary philosophy's most challenging thinkers. Huw Price weaves together Quinean minimalism about truth, Carnapian deflationism about metaphysics, Wittgensteinianpluralism about the functions of declarative lang...

Huw Price is ARC Federation Fellow, Challis Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Centre for Time, at the University of Sydney, Australia. His publications include Facts and the Function of Truth (Basil Blackwell, 1988), Time's Arrow and Archimedes' Point (OUP, 1996), and a wide range of articles in journals such as The Journal ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:384 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.98 inPublished:April 29, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Preface1. Moving the Mirror Aside2. Metaphysical Pluralism3. Semantic Minimalism and the Frege Point4. Two Paths to Pragmatism5. How to Stand Up for Noncognitivists6. Naturalism and the fate of the M-Worlds7. Ramsey On Saying And Whistling: A Discordant Note8. Truth As Convenient Friction9. Naturalism Without Representationalism10. Immodesty Without Mirrors-Making Sense of Wittgenstein's Linguistic Pluralism11. Pragmatism, Quasi-realism and the Global Challenge12. The Semantic Foundations of Metaphysics13. Metaphysics After Carnap: the Ghost Who Walks?14. One Cheer for Representationalism?NotesBibliography