Home > davidson, husserl, mcgill, mpw > Brian Redekopp – Husserl and Davidson on the Singularity of the World

Brian Redekopp – Husserl and Davidson on the Singularity of the World

October 22, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

McGill Philosophy Workshop

Brian Redekopp
Husserl and Davidson on the Singularity of the World

A common idea in philosophy since Kant is that the world is a function of the conceptual organization of something given. This gives rise to the idea that there could be, or perhaps even are, conceptual schemes so different as to yield different worlds. In this talk I consider arguments from Davidson and Husserl that there can only be one world. Whereas Davidson proceeds by arguing that the idea of a conceptual scheme is incoherent, Husserl accepts the idea, arguing instead that conceptual schemes are necessarily unified by a common intentional orientation towards a single world. Both philosophers employ a transcendental approach-they both attempt to show that the nature of understanding is such that we are implicitly committed to the singularity of the world. My central concern in reflecting on their arguments will be the limitations of such an approach.

Wednesday, October 28 at 11am in Leacock 927.

  1. No comments yet.
  1. No trackbacks yet.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: