POSTPONED - The Department of Philosophy Presents Prof. Denis McManus

Professor Denis McManus of Southampton University will present his paper titled "All things considered judgment as self expression: an application and clarification of the transparencey intuition" on March 25th, 2020 at 4:30 PM in the Humanities Center.

This paper defends the claim that we distinctively express ourselves when we make all-things-considered judgments, a claim that we might see as an instance of Gareth Evans’s ‘transparency’ intuition about self-knowledge. sketch an argument that we find in Heidegger’s lectures on Aristotle and which supports the claim; but most of the paper concentrates on objections that the claim may seem to invite. Gary Watson’s work articulates a similar-sounding claim and critics have offered what they depict as counter-examples to that, cases of all-things-considered judgment that these critics propose we would not regard as self-expressive. I argue, however, that this depiction rests on underlying and questionable assumptions concerning judgment, rationality and emotion, and consequently underestimates what it takes to perform an all-things-considered judgment: thus, the putative counter-examples are not counterexamples after all. In closing, I suggest that this defence of the claim requires us to refine, but certainly not reject, Evans’ transparency intuition.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2020 - 18:30