Practical Tortoise Raising: and other philosophical essays

Paperback | October 15, 2012

bySimon Blackburn

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Simon Blackburn presents a selection of his philosophical essays from 1995 to 2010. He offers engaging and illuminating discussions of various problems which arise when such familiar notions as representation, truth, reason, and assertion are applied in the sphere of practical thought. It ispuzzling how our thinking gets to grip with such things as values and norms. Blackburn explores how we can try to understand what we say in terms of what we are doing when we say it. He investigates how propositions interact with linguistic expressions whose primary function is identified in termsof actions performed in expressing commitments with them, when those commitments are thought of in practical rather than descriptive terms. He broadens his investigation from semantic questions to wider issues of pluralism, pragmatism, philosophy of mind, and the nature of practicalreasoning.

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Simon Blackburn presents a selection of his philosophical essays from 1995 to 2010. He offers engaging and illuminating discussions of various problems which arise when such familiar notions as representation, truth, reason, and assertion are applied in the sphere of practical thought. It ispuzzling how our thinking gets to grip with s...

Simon Blackburn is Distinguished Research Professor of Philosophy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:October 15, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

IntroductionI. Language and Epistemology1. From Doing to Saying2. Success Semantics3. Practical Tortoise Raising4. Wittgenstein's Irrealism5. Circles, Finks, Smells and Biconditionals6. The Absolute Conception7. Julius Caesar and George Berkeley Play Leapfrog8. The Majesty of ReasonII. Practical Philosophy and Ethics9. Truth, Goodness and Beauty10. Dilemmas, Dithering, Plumping, Grief11. Group Minds and Expressive Harm12. Trust, Cooperation, and Human Psychology13. Must we Weep for Sentimentalism?14. Morality and Thick Concepts15. Perspectives, Fiction, Error, Play16. Fiction and Conviction

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Review from previous edition: "eloquent and illuminating" --Times Higher Education