An Aconceptual View of Mind and World

Selberg, Anna-Karin (2002) An Aconceptual View of Mind and World. In: UNSPECIFIED Austrian Ludwig Wittgenstein Society, pp. 228-230.


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In Mind and World (1994/1996), John McDowell follows Donald Davidson in claiming that the world is a conceptually laden structure. A (conceptual) language and tradition constitutes the world, and our (conceptual) "openness to the world� (ibid, p.155). This means that the condition for access to the world is a clear subject – object split, and a clear split between content and the way the content is presented. With this view as the basis he criticizes the idea of a non-conceptual1 experience and non-conceptual content, starting from the demand that (conceptual) thinking must be constrained by, and rationally answerable to the empirical world (ibid p.xii).

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Conceptual theory; Heidegger, M.; McDowell, J.; Merleau-Ponty, M.
Subjects: Philosophie > Philosophische Disziplinen > Bewußtseinsphilosophie, Philosophie des Geistes und der Psychologie
Philosophie > Philosophische Journale, Kongresse, Vereinigungen > Wittgenstein Symposium Kirchberg, Pre-Proceedings > Kirchberg 2002
Depositing User: Stefan Köstenbauer
Date Deposited: 05 Feb 2007
Last Modified: 08 Sep 2011 18:52

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