John McDowell

John McDowell: Reason and Nature, Vortrag und Kolloquium in Münster 1999, hrsg. v. Marcus Willaschek, Münster: Lit, 2000 (ISBN 3-8258-4414-5).

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John McDowell is one of the most influential philosophers writing today. His work, ranging from interpretations of Plato and Aristotle to Davidsonian semantics, from ethics to epistemology and the philosophy of mind, has set the agenda for many recent philosophical debates. This Volume contains the proceedings of the Münsterschen Vorlesungen zur Philosophie which McDowell delivered in 1999: A lecture entitled "Experiencing the World", introduces into the set of ideas McDowell developed in his groundbreaking book Mind and World. The lecture is followed by ten brief essays, both interpretative and critical, in which students and faculty from the Department of Philosophy at the University of Münster discuss various aspects of McDowell's philosophy. The volume ends with responses by John McDowell.


  • John McDowell: Experiencing the World
  • Stefan Heßbrüggen-Walter: Spontaneity and Causality: McDowell on the Passivity of Perception
  • Christian Suhm, Philip Wagemann u. Florian Wessels: Ontological Troubles with Facts and Objects in McDowell's Mind and World
  • Marcus Willaschek: On "The Unboundedness of the Conceptual"
  • Mischa Gubeljic, Simone Link, Patrick Müller u. Gunther Osburg: Nature and Second Nature in McDowell's Mind and World
  • Sean Greenberg u. Marcus Willaschek: Is McDowell confronted with an Antinomy of Freedom and Nature?
  • Niko Strobach: Platonism and Anti-Platonism
  • Frauke A. Kurbacher u. Stefan Heßbrüggen-Walter: Self-Criticism as a Way of Life
  • Christoph Jedan: Nature or Natures? Notes on the Concept of Second Nature in John McDowell's Mind and World
  • Johannes K. Kipf u. Frank Köhler: Moral Facts, Values and World Views
  • Andreas Deeken, Christoph Halbig u. Michael Quante: Secondary Qualities or Second Nature - which Reality for Values?
  • John McDowell: Responses
  • Notes on Contributors