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Philosophy Colloquium: The Lamp of Reason and the Mirror of Nature

Posted on 4/30/2013 6:40:05 PM

The Philosophy Department is pleased to announce that Preston Stovall, University of Pittsburgh, will be giving a talk entitled “The Lamp of Reason and the Mirror of Nature” on Friday, May 3, 2013, at 3:30 p.m. in McElhaney 101.


In Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature, Richard Rorty argues that analytic philosophy inherited a program founded on the thought that the mind “mirrors” reality, and he contends that this program is bankrupt. In this talk I show that C.S. Peirce and Wilfrid Sellars were engaged in the sort of project for which “mirroring” talk is apt, and I argue that their work affords a productive way of countering certain of Rorty’s views.

Department of Philosophy