Constructing the World

2014.08.41 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews David J. Chalmers, Constructing the World, Oxford University Press, 2012, xxvi + 494pp., $29.95 (pbk) ISBN 9780199608584.
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2014.08.41 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews David J. Chalmers, Constructing the World, Oxford University Press, 2012, xxvi + 494pp., $29.95 (pbk) ISBN 9780199608584. Reviewed by Tom Donaldson, Stanford University This is a monumental book, in several respects. Most obviously, it’s very long: longer, by my estimate, than the Critique of Pure Reason by a margin of about three and a half Tractatus. It is also vast in scope: Chalmers discusses a huge range of topics in formal and informal epistemology, metaphysics, the philosophy of language, the philosophy of mind, and the philosophy of science. There is even some history: Carnap is the ‘hero’ of Constructing the World (p. xvii), and one of Chalmers’ goals is to reassess Carnap’s work — especially the Aufbau. Paper copies of the book contain eight chapters and seventeen short supplemental ‘excursuses’. Chalmers has also made one extra chapter and four additional excursuses available online. The book is. . .

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