X—Disjunctivism and Cartesian Idealization

Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 122 (3):218-238 (2022)
  Copy   BIBTEX


This paper examines the dispute between Burge and McDowell over methodology in the philosophy of perception. Burge (2005, 2011) has argued that the disjunctivism posited by naive perceptual realists is incompatible with the results of current perceptual science, while McDowell (2010, 2013) defends his disjunctivism by claiming an autonomous field of enquiry for perceptual epistemology, one that does not employ the classificatory schemes of the science. Here it is argued that the crucial point at issue in the dispute is Burge’s acceptance, and McDowell’s rejection, of the ‘Cartesian idealization’ of mind as a self-contained system. Burge’s case against disjunctivism rests on the assumption of a clearly demarcated boundary between mind and world, a picture of the mind that McDowell’s philosophy reacts against. This boundary is required for scientific, causal explanations of perceptual processing because it is a simplifying assumption that helps present scientists with a clearly demarcated object of investigation. Concurring with McDowell, I conclude that philosophers need not carve up their objects of investigation in the same way.



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 91,088

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

Tyler Burge on disjunctivism.John Mcdowell - 2010 - Philosophical Explorations 16 (3):259-279.
Disjunctivism again.Tyler Burge - 2011 - Philosophical Explorations 14 (1):43-80.
McDowell’s disjunctivism and other minds.Anil Gomes - 2011 - Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 54 (3):277-292.
Disjunctivism and skepticism.Huaping Wang - 2011 - Frontiers of Philosophy in China 6 (3):443-464.
Tyler Burge on disjunctivism.John McDowell - 2010 - Philosophical Explorations 13 (3):243-255.
The Diversity of Disjunctivism. [REVIEW]Fabian Dorsch - 2011 - European Journal of Philosophy 19 (2):304-314.
Either / or.Alex Byrne & Heather Logue - 2008 - In Adrian Haddock & Fiona Macpherson (eds.), Disjunctivism: Perception, Action, Knowledge. Oxford University Press. pp. 57-94.
The formulation of disjunctivism: A response to fish.Paul F. Snowdon - 2005 - Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 105 (1):129-141.
Disjunctivism and the urgency of scepticism.Søren Overgaard - 2011 - Philosophical Explorations 14 (1):5-21.
The Causal Argument against Disjunctivism.Michael Sollberger - 2007 - Facta Philosophica 9 (1):245-267.
Disjunctivism.Berit Brogaard - 2010 - Oxford Annotated Bibliographies Online.
Disjunctivism and Scepticism.Duncan Pritchard & Chris Ranalli - 2016 - In Diego Machuca & Baron Reed (eds.), Skepticism: From Antiquity to the Present. Bloomsbury Academic.


Added to PP

40 (#358,756)

6 months
13 (#131,321)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Author's Profile

Mazviita Chirimuuta
University of Pittsburgh

Citations of this work

No citations found.

Add more citations

References found in this work

The Architecture of Complexity.Herbert A. Simon - 1962 - Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society 106.
The consciousness of self.William James - 1890 - In The Principles of Psychology. London, England: Dover Publications.
The Rediscovery of the Mind.John Searle - 1992 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 55 (1):201-207.
Disjunctivism and perceptual psychology.Tyler Burge - 2005 - Philosophical Topics 33 (1):1-78.

View all 18 references / Add more references