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An Interview with Timothy Williamson

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Few subjects in modern academia are as self-reflective as philosophy. Much effort has been spent on understanding what the aim of philosophical inquiry is, and which practices and methods will get us there. An instructive way of getting a handle on these issues is to compare philosophy with other forms of inquiry. Look at all the branches of science and see what similarities and dissimilarities in subject matter, aims, and methods between them and philosophy you can find, and maybe that way you’ll learn something about the nature of philosophy. A first question to ask: Is philosophy a science?

Timothy Williamson is the Wykeham Professor of Logic at the University of Oxford. He has published influential work in several fields, amongst other philosophical logic, philosophy of language, epistemology and metaphysics. Williamson has also greatly contributed to philosophy’s view of itself, by his writings on the methodology and nature of philosophy. Therefore, when we had the chance to interview Williamson, we decided to ask him about his thoughts on the scientific status of philosophical inquiry, and its relationship to the other sciences. We are happy to present his thoughts on these matters to the reader:

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The Sophisticated Naïve: An Interview with Michael G. F. Martin

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Michael G. F. Martin is something of a philosopher’s philosopher.1 More specifically, he is a philosopher of perception’s philosopher, as this is the area within which most of his very influential work falls. Martin is particularly well-known for motivating and defending ‘naïve realism’, the view that perception constitutively  involves relations of awareness of the ordinary, mind-independent world around us. However common-sensical this thought is, philosophers over the ages have found it notoriously hard to hold on to. Various problems – the gap between the world as it appears in experience and how it is described in physics, the fact that things can appear differently to different persons, and (not least, as will be clear later) the possibility of hallucinations that completely match the real thing – have lead many to accept either a more traditional ‘sensationalist’ conception of experience, according to which experience is constituted by awareness of certain subjective, private items, or a slightly more modern ‘intentional’ or ‘representational’ conception, according to which experience only fallibly represents an external reality. Les mer

Fra et fenomenologisk perspektiv: Intervju med Dan Zahavi

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Fenomenologien opplever en renessanse. Ifølge professor Dan Zahavi blir perspektiver fra den fenomenologiske tradisjonen møtt med en ny interesse blant analytiske filosofer. Zahavi er direktør ved senteret for subjektivitetsstudier i København. Han er medforfatter til bøker som The Phenomenological Mind og Self, no Self: Perspectives from Analytical, Phenomenological, and Indian Traditions. Han er også redaktøren bak den nylig utgitte The Oxford Handbook of Contemporary Phenomenology.

Denne fenomenologiens renessanse er utgangspunktet for dette intervjuet. Hva er det analytiske filosofer finner i den fenomenologiske tradisjonen? Hva kan en filosofisk metode som tar utgangspunkt i menneskets subjektive førstepersonsperspektiv, fortelle oss om objektivitet? Kan fenomenologien inkorporeres i et større naturalistisk prosjekt, og hva slags naturalisme er fenomenologien forenelig med? Hva mer er, hvordan har det seg at det nå finnes en håndbok i kontemporær fenomenologi utgitt av Oxford University Press?

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