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Simon Blackburn presents a selection of his philosophical essays from 1995 to 2010. He offers engaging and illuminating discussions of various problems which arise when such familiar notions as representation, truth, reason, and assertion are applied in t
Simon Blackburn is currently the Professor of Philosophy at the University of Cambridge and Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge. He has held visiting appointments at the University of Melbourne, the University of British Columbia, Oberlin College, Princeton University, Ohio State University, the Universidad Autonomia de Mexico, and was for ten years Adjunct Professor at the Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University, Canberra.
Table of Contents
Introduction I. Language and Epistemology 1. From Doing to Saying 2. Success Semantics 3. Practical Tortoise Raising 4. Wittgenstein's Irrealism 5. Circles, Finks, Smells and Biconditionals 6. The Absolute Conception 7. Julius Caesar and George Berkeley Play Leapfrog 8. The Majesty of Reason II. Practical Philosophy and Ethics 9. Truth, Goodness and Beauty 10. Dilemmas, Dithering, Plumping, Grief 11. Group Minds and Expressive Harm 12. Trust, Cooperation, and Human Psychology 13. Must we Weep for Sentimentalism? 14. Morality and Thick Concepts 15. Perspectives, Fiction, Error, Play 16. Fiction and Conviction