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Kevin M. Cahill

Professor, Philosophy
  • E-mailKevin.Cahill@uib.no
  • Phone+47 55 58 30 09
  • Visitor Address
    Sydnesplassen 12/13
    5007 Bergen
    Room 
    315
  • Postal Address
    Postboks 7805
    5020 BERGEN

My main interests are in Skepticism, Philosophy of the Social Sciences, Wittgenstein, Early Analytic Philosophy, and in the relationship between Analytic and Continental philosophy.

Philosophy of Language

Wittgenstein

Philosophy of the Social Sciences

Origins of Analytic Philosophy

Existentialism

Academic article
  • 2016. The habitus, coping practices, and the search for the ground of action. Philosophy of the Social Sciences. 498-524.
  • 2014. Quietism or description? McDowell in dispute with Dreyfus. Review of Metaphysics. 395-409.
  • 2014. Naturalism and the friends of understanding. Philosophy of the Social Sciences. 460-477.
  • 2009. Explanation, wonder, and the cultural point of the Tractatus. Norsk Filosofisk tidsskrift. 206-217.
  • 2009. Bildung and Decline. Philosophical Investigations. 23-43.
  • 2008. Wittgenstein and the Fate of Metaphysics. Sats: northern european journal of philosophy. 61-73.
  • 2008. Elucidation, Meta-Philosophy, and Hacker's Use of "External Evidence". Journal of Philosophical Research (JPR). 73-99.
  • 2006. The Concept of Progress in Wittgenstein's Thought. Review of Metaphysics. 71-100.
  • 2004. The Tractatus, Ethics, and Authenticity. Journal of Philosophical Research (JPR). 267-288.
  • 2004. Ethics and the Tractatus: A resolute failure. Philosophy. 33-35.
Academic lecture
  • 2008. Wittgenstein and the Fate of Metaphysics.
  • 2007. Explanation, Wonder, and the Cultural Point of the Tractatus.
  • 2007. "What is American Philosophy?".
  • 2005. “The Concept of Progress in Wittgenstein’s Thought”.
  • 2005. “Skepticism and the Human Condition”.
  • 2004. “What Kripke Missed: The Antinomical Structure of the Remarks on Rule-following”.
  • 2004. “The Tractatus, Ethics, and Authenticity”.
  • 2004. “The Concept of Progress in Wittgenstein’s Thought”.
  • 2003. Hacker on the External Evidence.
  • 2003. Ethics and the Tractatus: A Resolute Failure.
  • 2003. "A Wildly Implausible Response to P.M.S. Hacker".
  • 2002. The Tractatus, Ethics, and Authenticity.
  • 2002. The Moral Dimension of Wittgenstein’s Writing.
  • 2002. The Antinomical Structure of the Remarks on Rule-Following.
  • 2002. Progress and the Source of Metaphysics.
Book review
  • 2015. BOOK REVIEW The Nature of Philosophical Problems: Their Causes and Implications. By John Kekes. The Philosophical Quarterly. 3 pages.
Academic anthology/Conference proceedings
  • 2018. Wittgenstein and Naturalism. Routledge.
  • 2017. Finite But Unbounded: New Approaches in Philosophical Anthropology. Walter de Gruyter.
  • 2007. Considering Class: Essays on the Discourse of the American Dream. LIT Verlag.
Academic monograph
  • 2011. The Fate of Wonder: Wittgenstein's Critique of Metaphysics and Modernity.
Compendium
  • 2017. Filosofi for Realister.
Doctoral dissertation
  • 2019. On the possibility of Resolute Transcendentalism in the Later Wittgenstein.
Academic chapter/article/Conference paper
  • 2018. Tractarian Ethics. 30 pages.
  • 2018. Introduction. 11 pages.
  • 2017. An "Exclusively Self-Regarding" Ethics: Response to Sluga. 23 pages.
  • 2017. A Degenerate Case of Action. 14 pages.
  • 2016. Wittgenstein's Paganism. 18 pages.
  • 2011. ?30. Dezember 1929, Zu Heidegger: Was Konnte Wittgenstein sich Denken?? in Ungesellige Geselligkeiten/Unsocial Sociabilities,. 22 pages.
  • 2007. Introduction.

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Books -

Towards a Philosophical Anthropology of Culture: Naturalism, Relativism, and Skepticism (Forthcoming 2021 with Routledge)

Co-editor with Thomas Raleigh, Wittgenstein and Naturalism (New York: Routledge, 2018)

Co-editor with Martin Gustafsson and Thomas Schwarz-Wenzer, Finite but Unbounded: New Essays in Philosophical Anthropology, Berlin Studies in Knowledge Research (Berlin: de Gruyter, 2017)

The Fate of Wonder: Wittgenstein’s Critique of Metaphysics and Modernity (New York: Columbia University Press, 2011)

Co-editor with Lene Johannessen Considering Class: Essays on The Discourse of the American Dream (Lit-Verlag: Berlin, 2007)

Papers -

“Tractarian Ethics" in The Cambridge Companion to Wittgenstein, 2nd ed. (eds.) Hans Sluga and David Stern (Cambridge: Cambridge, 2017) 96-125

“‘A Purely Self-Regarding Ethics’: Response to Sluga” in Ed Dain and Reshef Agam-Segal (eds.) Wittgenstein’s Moral Thought (London: Routledge, 2017) 223-245 

“A Degenerate Case of Action” in Finite but Unbounded: New Essays in Philosophical Anthropology, Berlin Studies in Knowledge Research, (de Gruyter, 2017) 119-132         

“The Habitus, Coping Practices and the Search for the Ground of Action”, Philosophy of the Social Sciences, 46 (5):498-524                            

“Wittgenstein’s Paganism” in Mark Bevir and Andrius Galisanka, eds., Ludwig Wittgenstein and Normative Inquiry (Leiden: Brill, 2016) 174-191    

“Quietism or Description? McDowell in Dispute with Dreyfus”, The Review of Metaphysics 68 (December 2014) 395-409 

“Naturalism and the Friends of Understanding” Philosophy of the Social Sciences, 44(4), 2014, 460-477

“30. Dezember 1929, Zu Heidegger: Was Konnte Wittgenstein sich Denken?” in Ungesellige Geselligkeiten/Unsocial Sociabilities, ed. Esther Ramharter (Berlin: Parerga Verlag, 2011) 97-118

"Explanation, Wonder, and the Cultural Point of the Tractatus”
Norsk Filosofisk Tidsskrift, vol. 44, no. 3-4, 2009, 206-217

“Wittgenstein and the Fate of Metaphysics”
 Sats: Nordic Journal of Philosophy, vol. 9, no. 2. pp. 61-73
                                   
“Bildung and Decline”
Philosophical Investigations, 32:1 January, 2009, 23-43

“Elucidation, Meta-Philosophy, and Hacker’s Use of ‘External Evidence’”
Journal of Philosophical Research, Volume 33, 2008, 73-99
        
 Co-editor with Lene Johannessen
 Considering Class: Essays on The Discourse of the American Dream
 Lit-Verlag: Berlin, 2007

“The Concept of Progress in Wittgenstein’s Thought”
 Review of Metaphysics, September, 2006, Volume LX (1), 71-100

“What Kripke Missed: The Antinomical Structure of the Remarks on Rule-following” Ludwig Wittgenstein and Analytic Philosophy: Papers of the Conference on the Occasion of the 115th Anniversaryof his Birth (Sofia, 2005) 22-34

“Ethics and the Tractatus: A Resolute Failure”
 Philosophy, January, 2004, Volume 79 (1), 2004, 33-55

“The Tractatus, Ethics, and Authenticity”
Journal of Philosophical Research, Volume 29, 2004, 267-288

AOS:  History of Analytic Philosophy, Philosophy of Language, Ethics and Culture, Skepticism, Wittgenstein, Philosophy of the Social Sciences
   
AOC:  Ethics, Modern Philosophy, Applied Ethics, Kant, Critical Thinking/Logic, Existentialism, Metaphysics, Epistemology, American Philosophy, Heidegger

Main Collaborator and Co-Applicant (Project Leader, Sorin Bangu)

“Mathematics with a Human Face”

Norwegian Research Council Fripro-Frihumsam Research Grant

2019-2023

https://www.uib.no/en/fof/122915/fripro-funding-sorin-bangu-and-kevin-cahill

From 2010 to 2013 I was project leader of the NordForsk Nordic Network for Philosophical Anthropology http://www.philosophicalanthropology.org/

My current work examines the problem of skepticism from an anthropological and historical perspective.