Dr David Macarthur

BA (Hons) MBBS Sydney PhD Harvard
Senior Lecturer in Philosophy

A14 - The Quadrangle
The University of Sydney

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Biographical details

Dr David Macarthur joined the Department of Philosophy in July 2003. Previously, David was an Assistant Professor at Tufts University (1999-2000) and a Research Fellow in philosophy at Macquarie University (2000-3). David has been the library liaison officer since 2005.

Research interests

Skepticism, Pragmatism, Metaphysical Quietism, Philosophy of Psychology, History of Modern Philosophy, Wittgenstein, Aesthetics and Art.

David has been the organiser of the fortnightly SHAPE research seminar since 2009. He has also organised the following SOPHI-sponsored international philosophy conferences:

  • The Sublime: A Re-Evaluation (Feb, 2011)
  • Themes from Cavell (Feb 2012)
  • Neo-Pragmatism: Truth and Justification (Dec 2012)

Teaching and supervision

Teaching

  • Phil 1011: Beauty
  • Phil 1010: Knowledge.
  • Skepticism
  • The Later Wittgenstein
  • Naturalism
  • Aesthetics and Art
  • Pragmatism
  • Themes from Cavell

Supervision

  • Shane Waugh, “Pyrrhonian Lessons on Common Sense and Belief” (PhD)
  • Nandi Theunissen, “Truth, Realism and the Task of Inquiry” (MPhil with high distinction).
  • Alastair Goff, “The Ancient Quarrel between Philosophy and Poetry: Its Basis and Its Importance for Developing a Philosophical Understanding of Literary Works” (MPhil with distinction).
  • Ronan Williams, “The Practical and Professional Dimensions of Skepticism about Others” (MPhil with distinction).
  • Alex Angel, “McDowell and Experience: Self-Determination and Answerability to the World” (MPhil with high distinction).
  • Karl Hand, “Sensitivity and Playfulness: The Role of Intention in
    Hermeneutics” (MA with distinction).

Selected grants

2013

  • Sydney Intellectual History Network; Milam J, Aspromourgos A, Borghesi F, Caine B, Ferng J, Fitzmaurice A, Gaukroger S, Helbig D, Karalis V, Kerridge I, Macarthur D, Nassar D, Redding P, Sadurski W, Sevel M, Sluga G, Smith M, Waldow A, Walton K; DVC Research/Research Network Scheme (SyReNS).
  • FREGE: THE INVISIBLE REALM; Travis C, Macarthur D; DVC Research/International Research Collaboration Award (IRCA).

2007

  • Belief, Responsibility and the Truth of Skepticism; Macarthur D; University of Sydney/Research & Development.

Selected publications

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Edited Books

  • De Caro, M., Macarthur, D. (2012). Philosophy in an Age of Science: Physics, Mathematics, and Skepticism. Cambridge, USA: Harvard University Press.
  • De Caro, M., Macarthur, D. (2010). Naturalism and Normativity. New York: Columbia University Press.
  • Macarthur, D. (2005). La Mente e La Natura. Rome: Fazi Editore.
  • Macarthur, D., De Caro, M. (2004). Naturalism in Question. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Book Chapters

  • De Caro, M., Macarthur, D. (2012). Introduction: Hilary Putnam: Artisanal Polymath of Philosophy. In M De Caro & D Macarthur (Eds.), Philosophy in an Age of Science: Physics, Mathematics, and Skepticism, (pp. 1-35). Cambridge, USA: Harvard University Press.
  • Macarthur, D. (2012). Putnam and the Philosophical Appeal to Common Sense. In Maria Baghramian (Eds.), Reading Putnam, (pp. 127-139). London, UK: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.
  • Macarthur, D. (2012). Thinking in Visible Color. In Naama Haikin (Eds.), Yanai Toister Blueprint, (pp. 152-143). Tel-Hai, Israel: The Open Museum of Photography, Tel-Hai Industrial Park.
  • De Caro, M., Macarthur, D. (2010). Introduction: Science, Naturalism, and The Problem of Normativity. In Mario De Caro, David Macarthur (Eds.), Naturalism and Normativity, (pp. 1-19). New York: Columbia University Press.
  • Macarthur, D. (2010). Taking the Human Sciences Seriously. In Mario De Caro, David Macarthur (Eds.), Naturalism and Normativity, (pp. 123-137). New York: Columbia University Press.
  • Macarthur, D. (2009). Wittgenstein and Expressivism. In Daniel Whiting (Eds.), The Later Wittgenstein on Language. London: Palgrave.
  • Macarthur, D., Price, H. (2007). Pragmatism, Quasi-realism and the Global Challenge. In Cheryl Misak (Eds.), New Pragmatists, (pp. 91-121). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
  • Macarthur, D. (2006). Skepticism, Self-Knowledge and Responsibility. In Stephen Hetherington (Eds.), Aspects of Knowing, (pp. 97-114). Oxford: Elsevier.
  • Macarthur, D. (2004). Introduction: The Nature Of Naturalism. In David Macarthur & Mario De Caro (Eds.), Naturalism in Question, (pp. 1-17). Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
  • Macarthur, D. (2004). Naturalism And Skepticism. In David Macarthur & Mario De Caro (Eds.), Naturalism in Question, (pp. 106-124). Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
  • Macarthur, D. (2002). On Putnam's Return to Natural Realism. In Marie-Luise Raters & Marcus Willaschek (Eds.), Hilary Putnam und die Tradition des Pragmatismus. Frankfurt, Germany: Suhrkamp.
  • Macarthur, D. (2002). Putnams Rueckkehr zum natuerlichen Realismus. In Marie-Luise Raters & Marcus Willaschek (Eds.), Hilary Putnam und die Tradition des Pragmatismus, (pp. 173-189). Frankfurt, Germany: Suhrkamp.

Journals

  • Macarthur, D. (2011). Pragmatist Doubt, Dogmatism and Bullshit. M/C Journal: A Journal of Media and Culture, 14(1), 3-3.
  • Macarthur, D. (2010). Review of Ritchie, J. Understanding Naturalism. Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews.
  • Macarthur, D. (2008). Pragmatism, Metaphysical Quietism and the Problem of Normativity. Philosophical Topics, 36(1), 193-209.
  • Macarthur, D. (2008). Putnam, Pragmatism and the Fate of Metaphysics. European Journal of Analytic Philosophy, 4(2), 33-46.
  • Macarthur, D. (2008). Quinean Naturalism in Question. Philo, 11(1), 1-14.
  • Macarthur, D. (2007). Review of McManus, D. ed. Wittgenstein and Skepticism. Philosophical Books, 48(2), 168-170.
  • Macarthur, D. (2006). Review of Benson, O, & Stangroom, J., Why Truth Matters? Australian Review of Public Affairs.
  • Macarthur, D. (2005). Review of Horwich, P. Reflections on Meaning. Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, 1.
  • Macarthur, D. (2004). 'Review Of Broughton, J. Descartes' Method Of Doubt (Princeton, 2002)'. Philosophical Books, 45, 354-356.
  • Macarthur, D. (2004). Naturalizing The Human Or Humanizing Nature: Science, Nature And The Supernatural. Erkenntnis: An International Journal of Analytic Philosophy, 61(1), 29-51.
  • Macarthur, D. (2004). Putnam's Natural Realism and the Question of a Perceptual Interface. Philosophical Explorations, 7(2), 167-181.
  • Macarthur, D. (2003). McDowell, Scepticism and the 'Veil of Perception'. Australasian Journal of Philosophy, 81(2), 175-190.
  • Macarthur, D. (2003). Review of "Skeptical Philosophy for Everyone" by Richard H. Popkin and Avrum Stroll. Philosophy in Review, 11, 272-274.
  • Macarthur, D. (2003). The Seriousness of Doubt and Our Natural Trust in the Senses in the First Meditation. Canadian Journal Of Philosophy, 33(2), 159-182.
  • Macarthur, D. (2001). Review of Malpas, J. Place & Experience: A Philosophical Topography. Philosophical Review, 110(4), 632-634.

Reference Works

  • Macarthur, D. (2010). Analytic Aesthetics. In G. Oppy & N. Trakakis. (Eds.), A Companion to Philosophy in Australia and New Zealand. Monash University Press.
  • Macarthur, D. (2008). Naturalism. In William A. Darity Jr (Eds.), International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences, 2nd Edition. (pp. 441-443). United States: Macmillan Reference USA.

2012

  • De Caro, M., Macarthur, D. (2012). Introduction: Hilary Putnam: Artisanal Polymath of Philosophy. In M De Caro & D Macarthur (Eds.), Philosophy in an Age of Science: Physics, Mathematics, and Skepticism, (pp. 1-35). Cambridge, USA: Harvard University Press.
  • De Caro, M., Macarthur, D. (2012). Philosophy in an Age of Science: Physics, Mathematics, and Skepticism. Cambridge, USA: Harvard University Press.
  • Macarthur, D. (2012). Putnam and the Philosophical Appeal to Common Sense. In Maria Baghramian (Eds.), Reading Putnam, (pp. 127-139). London, UK: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.
  • Macarthur, D. (2012). Thinking in Visible Color. In Naama Haikin (Eds.), Yanai Toister Blueprint, (pp. 152-143). Tel-Hai, Israel: The Open Museum of Photography, Tel-Hai Industrial Park.

2011

  • Macarthur, D. (2011). Pragmatist Doubt, Dogmatism and Bullshit. M/C Journal: A Journal of Media and Culture, 14(1), 3-3.

2010

  • Macarthur, D. (2010). Analytic Aesthetics. In G. Oppy & N. Trakakis. (Eds.), A Companion to Philosophy in Australia and New Zealand. Monash University Press.
  • De Caro, M., Macarthur, D. (2010). Introduction: Science, Naturalism, and The Problem of Normativity. In Mario De Caro, David Macarthur (Eds.), Naturalism and Normativity, (pp. 1-19). New York: Columbia University Press.
  • De Caro, M., Macarthur, D. (2010). Naturalism and Normativity. New York: Columbia University Press.
  • Macarthur, D. (2010). Review of Ritchie, J. Understanding Naturalism. Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews.
  • Macarthur, D. (2010). Taking the Human Sciences Seriously. In Mario De Caro, David Macarthur (Eds.), Naturalism and Normativity, (pp. 123-137). New York: Columbia University Press.

2009

  • Macarthur, D. (2009). Wittgenstein and Expressivism. In Daniel Whiting (Eds.), The Later Wittgenstein on Language. London: Palgrave.

2008

  • Macarthur, D. (2008). Naturalism. In William A. Darity Jr (Eds.), International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences, 2nd Edition. (pp. 441-443). United States: Macmillan Reference USA.
  • Macarthur, D. (2008). Pragmatism, Metaphysical Quietism and the Problem of Normativity. Philosophical Topics, 36(1), 193-209.
  • Macarthur, D. (2008). Putnam, Pragmatism and the Fate of Metaphysics. European Journal of Analytic Philosophy, 4(2), 33-46.
  • Macarthur, D. (2008). Quinean Naturalism in Question. Philo, 11(1), 1-14.

2007

  • Macarthur, D., Price, H. (2007). Pragmatism, Quasi-realism and the Global Challenge. In Cheryl Misak (Eds.), New Pragmatists, (pp. 91-121). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
  • Macarthur, D. (2007). Review of McManus, D. ed. Wittgenstein and Skepticism. Philosophical Books, 48(2), 168-170.

2006

  • Macarthur, D. (2006). Review of Benson, O, & Stangroom, J., Why Truth Matters? Australian Review of Public Affairs.
  • Macarthur, D. (2006). Skepticism, Self-Knowledge and Responsibility. In Stephen Hetherington (Eds.), Aspects of Knowing, (pp. 97-114). Oxford: Elsevier.

2005

  • Macarthur, D. (2005). La Mente e La Natura. Rome: Fazi Editore.
  • Macarthur, D. (2005). Review of Horwich, P. Reflections on Meaning. Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, 1.

2004

  • Macarthur, D. (2004). 'Review Of Broughton, J. Descartes' Method Of Doubt (Princeton, 2002)'. Philosophical Books, 45, 354-356.
  • Macarthur, D. (2004). Introduction: The Nature Of Naturalism. In David Macarthur & Mario De Caro (Eds.), Naturalism in Question, (pp. 1-17). Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
  • Macarthur, D. (2004). Naturalism And Skepticism. In David Macarthur & Mario De Caro (Eds.), Naturalism in Question, (pp. 106-124). Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
  • Macarthur, D., De Caro, M. (2004). Naturalism in Question. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
  • Macarthur, D. (2004). Naturalizing The Human Or Humanizing Nature: Science, Nature And The Supernatural. Erkenntnis: An International Journal of Analytic Philosophy, 61(1), 29-51.
  • Macarthur, D. (2004). Putnam's Natural Realism and the Question of a Perceptual Interface. Philosophical Explorations, 7(2), 167-181.

2003

  • Macarthur, D. (2003). McDowell, Scepticism and the 'Veil of Perception'. Australasian Journal of Philosophy, 81(2), 175-190.
  • Macarthur, D. (2003). Review of "Skeptical Philosophy for Everyone" by Richard H. Popkin and Avrum Stroll. Philosophy in Review, 11, 272-274.
  • Macarthur, D. (2003). The Seriousness of Doubt and Our Natural Trust in the Senses in the First Meditation. Canadian Journal Of Philosophy, 33(2), 159-182.

2002

  • Macarthur, D. (2002). On Putnam's Return to Natural Realism. In Marie-Luise Raters & Marcus Willaschek (Eds.), Hilary Putnam und die Tradition des Pragmatismus. Frankfurt, Germany: Suhrkamp.
  • Macarthur, D. (2002). Putnams Rueckkehr zum natuerlichen Realismus. In Marie-Luise Raters & Marcus Willaschek (Eds.), Hilary Putnam und die Tradition des Pragmatismus, (pp. 173-189). Frankfurt, Germany: Suhrkamp.

2001

  • Macarthur, D. (2001). Review of Malpas, J. Place & Experience: A Philosophical Topography. Philosophical Review, 110(4), 632-634.

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