Achievements of the 1980s

  • Lynda Burns
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Philosophy flourished in Australia and New Zealand in the 1980s, despite tensions within some departments and increasing difficulties imposed from without. A generation of philosophers who had got jobs in the 1960s were reaching the peak of their careers and producing substantial publications, some of which are still a focus for research and debate. A list of these would include Frank Jackson’s article ‘Epiphenomenal Qualia’ (1982) and his ‘What Mary Didn’t Know’ (1986), David Armstrong’s book What is a Law of Nature? (1983) and Genevieve Lloyd’s 1984 The Man of Reason. Jackson’s ‘knowledge argument’ is often cited in current work in philosophy of mind; Armstrong’s account of natural laws as relations between universals is now one of the standard accounts of laws of nature and has led to an ongoing debate in metaphysics, and Genevieve Lloyd’s book is regarded as a foundational text in contemporary feminist theory.


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