The Thinking Animal

The Engaged Intellect
Philosophical Essays
John McDowell
Harvard University Press, $45, 360 pp.

Having the World in View
Essays on Kant, Hegel, and Sellars
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Harvard University Press, $39.95, 304 pp.

When I was a college senior at the Catholic University of America and preparing to depart the comforts of the Catholic intellectual tradition for a career in mainstream “analytic” philosophy, I was sent out the door with a steady stream of warnings about the unhistorical character of the philosophical thinking I was about to encounter. I nodded and agreed that I would need to be on the lookout for this defect, but deep down the prospect excited me. It meant liberation from scholastic...

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About the Author

John Schwenkler is a PhD candidate in philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley.