Thursday, July 26, 2007

McDowell and the unintuitive

From the end of the fifth lecture of Mind and World:
"It is common for philosophers to think they can dismiss Evans's position, without attention to the wider context I have placed it in, on the ground that they find its implications counter-intuitive. This just reveals the depressing extent to which his ground-breaking work has not been understood. That such work can be so little appreciated is a mark of degeneracy in our philosophical culture."
Granted, the quote goes beyond the title, but the end of that paragraph is too brilliant to ignore.

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