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Giving a DamnEssays in Dialogue with John Haugeland$
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Zed Adams and Jacob Browning

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780262035248

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262035248.001.0001

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Rationalism without Dogmas

Rationalism without Dogmas

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Giving a Damn

John McDowell

The MIT Press

In this 7,300 word essay, McDowell responds to Haugeland’s criticisms of rationalist tendencies in his (McDowell’s) own work, arguing that these criticisms “partly miss [their] target.” McDowell argues that the positivist claim that the world is exhausted by the facts should not be seen as a dogma so much as a truism. He develops this point through a careful reading of Kant’s Transcendental Deduction, providing McDowell’s most explicit understanding of Kant to date. McDowell also uses Kant to counter charges of cognitivism. Using Kant’s notion of responsibility, McDowell shows how rationalist accounts can explain without distortion the features of commitment and integrity.

Keywords:   Kant, John Haugeland, Transcendental Deduction, Rationalism, Responsibility, Objective Purport

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