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Passions and Projections: Themes from the Philosophy of Simon Blackburn

Robert N. Johnson and Michael Smith


Best known to the general public for his attempts to make philosophy accessible to those with little or no formal training, Simon Blackburn’s reputation in academic circles is based on a lifetime pursuit of a projectivist and anti-realist research program in the spirit of the great David Hume. According to Blackburn, we must always try first to understand and explain what we are doing when we think and talk as we do. Sometimes the most fundamental answer will be that we are expressing our beliefs about how the world is. Other times a more fundamental answer will be available: that we are expre ... More

Keywords: Blackburn, realism, anti-realism, projectivism, expressivism, pragmatism, truth

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198723172
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198723172.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert N. Johnson, editor
University of Missouri

Michael Smith, editor
Princeton University

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