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Naturalism and Normativity in Recent Analytic Philosophy Spring 2010, Wednesday 7:30-10pm Goldwin Smith 160 Course Description: The seminar will consider some recent developments in analytic philosophy that take  their cues from the classical German idealist traditions (especially Kant and Hegel).  One  focus will be arguments by recent neo-Hegelians that “naturalism” does not have the  resources to account for various kinds of “normativity”—especially that of concepts,  meaning, morals and laws.  Readings will taken from Sellars, Putnam, McDowell,  Brandom, and from representative philosophical naturalists, including Quine, Goldman,  Sturgeon, and Kornblith.   Two questions will be central.  What conception(s) of science, norms and naturalism  underwrite the critiques of traditional naturalism?  In what way(s) do the conceptions of  philosophical naturalists differ? Visitors to the seminar:  Robert Brandom, University of Pittsburgh Hilary Kornblith, University of Massachusetts Hilary Putnam, Harvard University Frederick Beiser, Syracuse University Prerequisites At least two previous courses in philosophy at the 3000-level or above, or advanced  courses in a related discipline. Texts: Two books will be available at  Buffalo Street Books   (in the Dewitt Mall at the corner of  Buffalo and Cayuga).  Brandom, Robert,  Reason in Philosophy: Animating Ideas  (Harvard, 2009) *These are also available as lectures on Brandom’s website 1
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This note was uploaded on 08/25/2011 for the course PHIL 6810 taught by Professor Boyd,richard during the Spring '10 term at Cornell University (Engineering School).

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