ISBN: 9780262335850 | 384 pp. | January 2017

Giving a Damn

Essays in Dialogue with John Haugeland
In his work, the philosopher John Haugeland (1945–2010) proposed a radical expansion of philosophy’s conceptual toolkit, calling for a wider range of resources for understanding the mind, the world, and how they relate. Haugeland argued that “giving a damn” is essential for having a mind—suggesting that traditional approaches to cognitive science mistakenly overlook the relevance of caring to the understanding of mindedness. Haugeland’s determination to expand philosophy’s array of concepts led him to write on a wide variety of subjects that may seem unrelated—from topics in cognitive science and philosophy of mind to examinations of such figures as Martin Heidegger and Thomas Kuhn. Haugeland’s two books with the MIT Press, Artificial Intelligence and Mind Design, show the range of his interests.
This book offers a collection of essays in conversation with Haugeland’s work. The essays, by prominent scholars, extend Haugeland’s work on a range of contemporary topics in philosophy of mind—from questions about intentionality to issues concerning objectivity and truth to the work of Heidegger. Giving a Damn also includes a previously unpublished paper by Haugeland, “Two Dogmas of Rationalism,” as well as critical responses to it. Finally, an appendix offers Haugeland’s outline of Kant’s "Transcendental Deduction of the Categories.” 
Zed Adams, William Blattner, Jacob Browning, Steven Crowell, John Haugeland, Bennett W. Helm, Rebecca Kukla, John Kulvicki, Mark Lance, Danielle Macbeth, Chauncey Maher, John McDowell, Joseph Rouse

Table of Contents

  1. Acknowledgments
  2. Note on Abbreviations
  3. Introduction

    Zed Adams and Jacob Browning

  4. 1. Anonymity, Mineness, and Agent Specificity: Pragmatic Normativitiy and the Authentic Situation in Heidegger's Being and Time

    William Blattner

  5. 2. Competence over Being as Existing: The Indispensability of Haugeland's Heidegger

    Steven Crowell

  6. 3. Ostension and Assertion

    Rebecca Kukla

  7. 4. Love and Death

    Joseph Rouse

  8. 5. Language Embodied and Embedded: Walking the Talk

    Mark Lance

  9. 6. Being Minded

    Danielle Macbeth

  10. 7. Truth, Objectivity, and Emotional Caring: Filling In the Gaps of Haugeland's Existentialist Ontology

    Bennett W. Helm

  11. 8. Constancy Mechanisms and the Normativity of Perception

    Zed Adams and Chauncey Maher

  12. 9. Recording and Representing, Analog and Digital

    John Kulvicki

  13. 10. Two Dogmas of Rationalism

    John Haugeland

  14. 11. Rationalism without Dogmas

    John McDowell

  15. 12. ''Two Dogmas of Rationalism'': A Second Encounter

    Mark Lance

  16. 13. Appendix: The Transcendental Deduction of the Categories

    John Haugeland

  17. Contributors
  18. Index