Crítica, Revista Hispanoamericana de Filosofía, Volume 37, number 110, agosto 2005
Mysteries and Scandals. Transcendental Naturalism and the Future of Philosophy
[Misterios y escándalos. El naturalismo trascendental y el futuro de la filosofía]
Diana I. Pérez
Departamento de Filosofía
Universidad de Buenos Aires
Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas

dperez@filo.uba.ar

Abstract: In this paper I shall discuss McGinn's transcendental naturalism (TN) and the reasons he gives in order to show that philosophy will always be just a cluster of mysteries without answers. I shall show that the three main arguments he gives for TN are inconclusive and that a modular architecture of the mind he presupposes is not committed to the epistemic thesis of TN, the idea that we are "cognitively closed" to answering some questions about consciousness, meaning, knowledge and the like.
Keywords: transcendental naturalism, consciousness, modularity

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