Title

Why is Swampman not a zombie?

Document Type

Book chapter

Source Publication

Proceedings of 1st International Confernce on Philosophy: Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow (PYTT 2013)

Publication Date

1-1-2013

First Page

43

Last Page

48

Keywords

Swampman; history-laden concepts; user-oriented semantics; retrospective necessity; diachronic holism; Dretske

Abstract

I will consider two related questions in this paper: 1. Is a normative quality essential to mind? 2. Is history essential to mind? Apparently, claiming that they are related implies that history has something to do with normativity. Since these issues are very big, too big to be adequately handled by any short paper, I shall, firstly, confine my discussion to one important source, i.e., Dretske 2001, as my major target, and only treat other related ones peripherally. Secondly, I shall focus on the second question above from a unique angle, viz., Davidson’s Swampman, which is also invoked by Dretske in the same work to mobilize one central line of his argument, and hopefully shed some light on its relation to the first question.

DOI

10.5176/2382-5677_PYTT13.18

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Additional Information

Same title has alse been published in Proceedings of the Experience and Concept — Symposium on McDowell and Sellars, Institute of Philosophy, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing, China, Oct 2013.

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Recommended Citation

Zheng, Y. (2013). Why is Swampman not a zombie? In Proceedings of 1st International Confernce on Philosophy: Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow (PYTT 2013) (pp.43-48). doi: 10.5176/2382-5677_PYTT13.18