Blackman, Larry Lee Books
Dr. Larry Lee Blackman is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the State University of New York at Geneseo. He received his B.A. in philosophy from the University of Kansas, his M.Div. from Union Theological Seminary (New York), and his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Minnesota. Dr. Blackman also studied in the faculty of Theology of the University of Marburg, Germany, and taught at Spelman College, Atlanta, Georgia.2005 0-7734-6108-6
This anthology consists of twelve essays concerning the thought of University of Iowa Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, Panayot Butchvarov, together with his comments on each. Butchvarov’s work reveals extraordinary breadth and depth, running the gamut of metaphysics (including proto-ontology), epistemology, ethics, philosophy of language, and philosophy of mind. Unusual for contemporary philosophers, he is sympathetic both to continental phenomenology and existentialism and also to British-American analytical philosophy. Highly eclectic, he draws upon the views of Descartes, Hume, Kant, Meinong, Moore, Wittgenstein (both “early” and “later”), and Sartre as well as other classical and contemporary thinkers, but at the same time he is quite original, setting forth and defending a range of bold, often controversial, theses on identity, existence, reality, knowledge, language, mind, consciousness, goodness, and universals. Some important topics in the present volume are Butchvarov’s contentions that existence and identity are transcendental concepts that we impose on objects given to us in experience, that the most adequate response to the kind of skepticism occasioned by Descartes’ dream-argument is that we find ourselves deciding what exists and what does not, and that knowledge is the unthinkability of mistake, which is a version of the “strong” Cartesian demand for infallibility.