Passions and Projections: Themes from the Philosophy of Simon Blackburn

Hardcover | March 2, 2015

EditorRobert N. Johnson, Michael Smith

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This volume presents fourteen original essays which explore the philosophy of Simon Blackburn, one of the UK's most influential contemporary philosophers. Blackburn is best known to the general public for his attempts to make philosophy accessible to those with little or no formal training,but in professional circles his reputation is based on a lifetime pursuit of his distinctive version of a projectivist and anti-realist research program. As he sees things, we must always try first to understand and explain what we are doing when we think and talk as we do. This research programreaches into nearly all of the main areas of philosophy: metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of mind, moral philosophy, and moral psychology. The books and articles he has written provide us with perhaps the most comprehensive statement and defense of projectivism and anti-realism since Hume. The essays collected here document the range and influence of Blackburn's work. They reveal, among other things, the resourcefulness of hisdistinctive brand of philosophical pragmatism.

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This volume presents fourteen original essays which explore the philosophy of Simon Blackburn, one of the UK's most influential contemporary philosophers. Blackburn is best known to the general public for his attempts to make philosophy accessible to those with little or no formal training,but in professional circles his reputation is ...

Robert Johnson is Professor of Philosophy and Chair of the Philosophy Department at the University of Missouri, Columbia, and was a student of Blackburn's at UNC Chapel Hill in the 1990s. Michael Smith is McCosh Professor of Philosophy and Chair of the Philosophy Department at Princeton University; he was a student of Blackburn's at O...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.94 inPublished:March 2, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Robert Johnson and Michael Smith: IntroductionSimon Blackburn: Apologia pro Vita SuaPart One: Metaphysics and Epistemology1. Louise Antony: Defending Folk Psychology: The Limits of Coalitions2. Helen Beebee: Causation, Projection, Inference, and Agency3. Frank Jackson: Singular Belief4. C. S. I. Jenkins: What Quasi-Realists Can Say About Knowledge5. Robert Kraut: The Metaphysics of Artistic Expression: A Case Study in Projectivism6. Rae Langton: The Impossible Necessity of 'Filling in Space'7. Cynthia Macdonald: What is Colour? A Defense of Colour Primitivism8. Huw Price: From Quasi-Realism to Global Expressivism--and Back Again?Part Two: Metaethics and Moral Psychology9. Jamie Dreier: Another World: The Metaethics and Metametaethics of Reasons Fundamentalism10. Allan Gibbard: Improving Sensibilities11. Terry Horgan and Mark Timmons: Modest Quasi-Realism and the Problem of Deep Moral Error12. Peter Railton: Just How Do Passions Rule? The (More) Compleat Humean13. Mark Schroeder: Higher-Order Attitudes, Frege's Abyss, and the Truth in Propositions14. R. Jay Wallace: The Fugitive Thought: Blackburn on Reasons