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The Courage of Doing Philosophy

Essays Presented to Leszek Nowak

Edited by Jerzy Brzezinski, Andrzej Klawiter, Theo A.F. Kuipers, Krzysztof Lastowski, Katarzyna Paprzycka and Piotr Przybysz

In recent years, the problem if idealization has been one of the central issues discussed in philosophy of science. This volume gathers original essays written by well-known philosophers. The papers address the method of idealization and its applications in science as well as ontological and epistemological problems that have arisen. Among the questions addressed are: What is the logical form of idealizational statements and how should they be interpreted? Is the possible worlds semantics useful in understanding idealization? What is the relation between idealization and truth? The volume is a celebration of Leszek Nowak’s sixtieth birthday.

Genia Schönbaumsfeld

The present issue initially started life as a workshop on the title theme that I organized at the University of Southampton in 2018. It contains some of the papers given at the workshop, as well as ones specially commissioned for the present edition. The result is an innovative compilation that

Frank Cabrera

, we have good inductive reason to believe that there are always rival theories, unconceived by present scientists, which explain our available evidence equally well as the best available explanation. All three arguments, if sound, would undercut the rationality of employing ibe . Of these last three

Yuval Avnur

credulity is not a vice. Zagzebski (1996: 135) requires intentional cultivation, Battaly (2014: 65) discusses the idea that certain “motivations” must be present if there is to be a vice, and Cassam (2016: 169) requires that a vice impede “effective and responsible inquiry.” None of these are met in

Genia Schönbaumsfeld

picture of our epistemic situation which conceives of the ‘external world’ not as something that is, in principle, directly present to the senses, but rather as something that we can only know about by dint of making inferences from our mental states or apparent ‘perceptual’ experiences. And once such a

Pierre Le Morvan

, but to give grounds for why the Conception also provides a valuable way of conceptualizing skepticism. Below I present four such grounds. 5.1 Making Skepticism Relevant Suppose (counterfactually) that ethical theorizing on (say) justice were dominated by two conceptual frameworks, and on both

J. Adam Carter

the ignorance in question. But, if we are to read the disjunctive account as maintaining that lacking ‘ α ’ implies ignorance in some cases where the relevant knowledge (constituting the subject matter) is present, then we lose our grip on any important contrast between knowledge and ignorance, by

Aidan McGlynn

below. Much more could be said about each of these approaches, but I want to finish this section by briefly addressing a rather neglected question: what is the relationship between these two accounts of socially-situated knowledge and ignorance? Mills initially presented his account of active white

Michel Pêcheux: Automatic Discourse Analysis

With contributions of Simone Bonnafous, Françoise Gadet, Paul Henry, Alain Lecomte, Jacqueline Léon, Denise Maldidier, Jean-Marie Marandin and Michel Plon


Michel Pêcheux

This volume offers the long-awaited overview of the work of the French philosopher and discourse analyst Michel Pêcheux, who was the leading figure in French discourse analysis until his death in 1983. The volume presents the first English publication of the work of Pêcheux and his coworkers on automatic discourse analysis. It is presented with extensive annotations and introductions, written by former colleagues such as Françoise Gadet, Paul Henry and Denise Maldidier. Outside France, French discourse analysis is almost exclusively known as the form of philosophical discourse presented by such authors as Michel Foucault and Jacques Derrida. The contemporary empirical forms of French discourse analysis have not reached a wider public to the degree they deserve. Through its combination of original texts, annotations, and several introductory texts, this volume facilitates an evaluation of both results and weaknesses of French discourse analysis in general and of the work of Michel Pêcheux and his coworkers in particular.