Simon Blackburn to give the 2016 RIP/RSE Lecture

17 November: The 2016 Royal Institute of Philosophy/Royal Society of Edinburgh Lecture

Simon Blackburn The common pursuit of true judgment

William James liked to quote James Clerk Maxwell, as having from childhood a passion for discovering “the particular go” of things. James, like C. S. Peirce, and arguably like David Hume the century before,  thought that philosophy is wrong-footed by considering abstract notions rather than the actual pursuits and practices that give rise to our talking in abstract terms. In this lecture I apply this moral to the tricky cases of aesthetic and moral truth. There are sceptics about these notions, but perhaps they too have not paid enough attention to James’s advice, and Hume’s practice.

Venue: The Royal Society of Edinburgh, 22-26 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2PQ, from 6 – 8 pm

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