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Experience and the World's Own Language: A Critique of John McDowell's Empiricism

Richard Gaskin


John McDowell’s attempt to revive the doctrine of empiricism in a ‘minimal’ or ‘transcendental’ form is seriously undermined by inadequacies in the way he conceives what he styles the ‘order of justification’ connecting world, experience, and judgement. For example, his conception of the roles played by causation and nature in this order is threatened with vacuity. The requirements of self-consciousness and verbal articulacy which he places on subjects participating in the justificatory relation between experience and judgement are unwarranted, and have the implausible consequence that infants ... More

Keywords: empiricism, experience, judgement, causation, sense, reference, idealism, concept, proposition, world’s language

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780199287253
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2006 DOI:10.1093/0199287252.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard Gaskin, author
University of Liverpool
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