Passions and Projections: Themes from the Philosophy of Simon Blackburn

2016.04.11 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Robert N. Johnson and Michael Smith (eds.), Passions and Projections: Themes from the Philosophy of Simon Blackburn, Oxford
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2016.04.11 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Robert N. Johnson and Michael Smith (eds.), Passions and Projections: Themes from the Philosophy of Simon Blackburn, Oxford University Press, 2015, 276pp., $65.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780198723172. Reviewed by Teemu Toppinen, University of Helsinki Simon Blackburn's 'Apologia pro Vita Sua' -- opening this volume, together with an introduction from the editors, Robert N. Johnson and Michael Smith -- is an elegant, concise account of his philosophical career thus far. Considerably less elegantly, and somewhat more concisely still: you combine an analytical training in Cambridge with an (at the time) unfashionable engagement with Hume's and Ramsey's naturalistic/pragmatist accounts of causation and probability, then take these ideas to the 'ethics laboratory' for easier testing, and finally end up developing the test results in response to considerable critical reaction, coating them -- but not thereby messing them up. . .

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