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Strawson on Other Minds

Joel Smith

in Transcendental Philosophy and Naturalism

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780199608553
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191729645 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199608553.003.0009
 						Strawson on Other Minds

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Strawson famously offered a transcendental argument against scepticism about other minds. His argument has had a mixed reception. Two versions of the argument are distinguished, the more plausible of which is defended against a number of general criticisms of transcendental arguments. The argument is seen to fail, however, by making illicit presuppositions about the relation between certain conceptual and empirical issues. The prospects for a naturalised version of the argument are considered and found to be weak.

Keywords: transcendental arguments; Strawson; other minds; scepticism; naturalism

Chapter.  10600 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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