Be(ing) Here Now: Notes Towards an Indexicalist Epistemology


  • Jon Cogburn Louisiana State University


Hilan Bensusan, Buddhism, Conceptualism, Epistemology, Indexicalism, Intuitionism, Graham Harman, John McDowell, Myth of the Given, Graham Priest, Zen Buddhism


I model the version of Wilfrid Sellars’ Myth of the Given argument that John McDowell presents in Mind and Worrld along the lines of one of Graham Priest’s inclosure paradoxes, with McDowell’s “spinning of the wheels” worry being a worry about denial of Transcendence and his “exculpation not justification” worry being a worry about denial of Closure. This exercise reveals much, importantly: (1) McDowell’s conceptualism does not in fact, resolve the paradox, and (2) on the other hand, with insights from Graham Harman, Hilan Bensusan, and the Rinzai tradition of Zen Buddhism, a non-conceptualist, indexicalist, epistemology can.


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How to Cite

Cogburn, J. (2021). Be(ing) Here Now: Notes Towards an Indexicalist Epistemology. Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy, 17(2), 45–65. Retrieved from



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