Brian Redekopp – Husserl and Davidson on the Singularity of the World
McGill Philosophy Workshop
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.