Department of Philosophy
Department of Philosophy

Tim Button (Cambridge University)

Fri, February 10, 2012 | WAG 316

3:30 PM - 5:30 PM


Title:  "Methodological Solipsism"

Abstract: Carnap's methodological solipsism aimed for a kind of philosophical neutrality: a neutral fundament agreed upon by all competing camps, that would ultimately dissolve the disagreements between those camps. Dummett's antirealism aimed for a different kind of neutrality: one which would provide us with a means to (re)assess the realism/antirealism debate. Both Carnap's and Dummett's projects faced serious technical difficulties; but this is not, I think, why they fail. Instead, both fail because they cannot prevent methodological solipsism (broadly construed) from becoming metaphysical solipsism (also broadly construed).

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