Christopher Peacocke

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This paper considers Davidson's (1963) arguments for construing reasons as causes and attempts to show that he has failed to provide positive reasons for introducing causation into his analysis of rationalizing explanation. I consider various ways of spelling out his intuition that something is missing from explanation if we consider only the justificatory(More)
The question posed in my title is one that has been vigorously debated in philosophy for almost twenty years now. In one form or another, the idea that perceptual experience has a content which is nonconceptual is found in the writings of, amongst others, José recently, by Bill Brewer. 3 The question has generated so much discussion because the 1 The(More)
Suppose that we are interested in giving a theory of meaning for a’particular language containing ‘necessarily’ by supplying a truth theory for that language; can we then interpret ‘necessarily’ (‘0’) at its face value in the object language (‘OL’)? that is as an operator on closed and on open sentences rather than a quantifier, without being involved in(More)
1 Paul Boghossian NYU Epistemic relativism has the contemporary academy in its grip. Not merely in the United States, but seemingly everywhere, most scholars working in the humanities and the social sciences seem to subscribe to some form of it. Even where the label is repudiated, the view is embraced. Sometimes the relativism in question concerns truth,(More)
In this paper, we present an account of in virtue of what thinkers are justified in employing certain basic belief-forming methods. The guiding idea is inspired by Reichenbach's work on induction. There are certain projects in which thinkers are rationally required to engage. Thinkers are epistemically justified in employing a belief-forming method that is(More)
It is just over fifty years since the publication of Quine's 'Two Dogmas of Empiricism' (1951). That paper expresses a broad vision of the system of relations between meaning, experience, and the rational formation of belief. The deepest challenges the paper poses come not from the detailed argument of its first four sections – formidable though that is –(More)
In chapter 5 of his 1992 book A Study of Concepts, Christopher Peacocke claims that his account of concepts can be reconciled with naturalism. Nonetheless, despite Peacocke's greatest efforts to convince the skeptics that the mentioned accommodation is viable if one accepts his approach to concepts, some suspicion survives. In a recent paper on this very(More)
" species can be regarded as nature-given and not as language-constituted natural kinds. " His analysis is somewhat complex and given through a short history of the notion of species, distinguishing morphological species, typological species and species as populations. Concerning species as populations the author observes that, unlike typological species(More)
There appears to be an intimate connection between feeling our limbs 'from the inside' and our power to act directly with them. This essay attempts to evaluate the strongest understanding of the connection between bodily awareness and bodily agency: that feeling a body part 'from the inside' is necessary for any instance of acting directly with that body(More)