Skip to main content

Publication Details

McDowell and Brandom on Observational Knowledge

(Original title: McDowell and Brandom on Observational Knowledge)
Filozofia, 76 (2021), 6, 423 – 435.
Type of work: Original Articles
Publication language: English

In this paper, I will analyze whether John McDowell’s critique of Robert Brandom’s account of observational knowledge is a success. First, I will present Brandom’s view of observational knowledge. Then I will lay out the main objections that McDowell raises against it. I will argue that McDowell’s arguments can be divided into semantic and epistemic. The analysis will show that the epistemic arguments face serious difficulty and that McDowell should focus on semantic critique.


Empirical content, Inference, Justification, Observational knowledge, Reliability

File to download: PDF