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David Chalmers – “On the Limits of Philosophical Progress”

February 14, 2013 Leave a comment Go to comments

David Chalmers – “On the Limits of Philosophical Progress”

David Chalmers elucidates his glass-half-full approach to progress in philosophy, originally delivered at the 2011Harvard-Australia conference on Philosophical Progress. He writes:

In particular, one might have hoped that philosophical argument would have the power to produce widespread philosophical agreement. But in practice, while we can recognize powerful philosophical arguments when we see them, these arguments produce less agreement than one might have expected. Typically, the arguments simply force opponents to elaborate their positions, ruling out some versions of a view and lead to more development of other versions. Some areas of philosophical space get ruled out this way, but usually a lot is left open on both sides of a major issue. Even through continued fractal elimination of regions of space, the area that is left has something of the character of the Mandelbrot set, with large areas of infinite possibility all over the map. This leads to a rich and fascinating philosophical culture. But one could reasonably hope for more.

  1. PeterJ
    September 19, 2015 at 9:37 AM

    He speaks for his way of doing philosophy and he is right about it. It does not work. So why does he keep banging his head against a brick wall? It is a mystery.

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