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LTP Lecture with Corijn van Mazijk, Disjunctivism and skepticism in Kant, Husserl, and McDowell

Thursday 16 January 2020
P.J. Veth
Nonnensteeg 1-3
2311 VJ Leiden

The Leiden Theoretical Philosophy Colloquium Series is pleased to announce a lecture by

Corijn van Mazijk

Disjunctivism and skepticism in Kant, Husserl, and McDowell



John McDowell is famous for defending a form of disjunctivism as a response to skepticism or idealism. In the early essay Singular Thought and Extent of Inner Space, he discusses his theory specifically as a response to Descartes and the threat of idealism which surfaces in the latter’s meditations. In this talk, I first explain McDowell’s disjunctive solution to this Cartesian threat of idealism, in order to then compare it to the readings of Kant and Husserl on the same topic – in the Fourth Paralogism and Cartesian Meditations respectively. I argue that, although this has not (to my knowledge) been pointed out yet, their solutions are in fact broadly similar. More exactly, McDowell’s disjunctive theory can be taken to be virtually identical to what Kant calls ‘dualism’ (A370) in the same context. At the same time, this discussion, for all three authors, could be taken to leave a more radical skepticism unaddressed. In the second part of the talk, I consider the strategies these authors employ in dealing with radical skepticism, and argue that Husserl offers the strongest case against this.


Corijn van Mazijk received his PhD from KU Leuven and University of Groningen and is currently employed full-time as university lecturer / researcher at University of Groningen, Faculty of Philosophy, Department for the History of Philosophy. His book, Perception and Reality in Kant, Husserl, and McDowell, will be published with Routledge early 2020.



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