Book review: Passions & Projections: Themes from the Philosophy of Simon Blackburn
Birondo, Noell N.
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Noell Birondo; Passions & Projections: Themes from the Philosophy of Simon Blackburn, The Philosophical Quarterly, Volume 67, Issue 266, 1 January 2017, Pages 171–174
Simon Blackburn has not shied away from the use of vivid imagery in developing, over a long and prolific career, a large-scale philosophical vision. Here one might think, for instance, of ‘Practical Tortoise Raising’ or ‘Ramsey's Ladder’ or ‘Frege's Abyss’. Blackburn develops a ‘quasi-realist’ account of many of our philosophical and everyday commitments, both theoretical (e.g., modality and causation) and practical (e.g., moral judgement and normative reasons). Quasi-realism aims to provide a naturalistic treatment of its targeted phenomena while earning the right to deploy all of the ‘trappings’ of realism—i.e., while eschewing any idea that our normal thought and talk about such phenomena are pervasively in error.
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