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Dale Lynn Holt

Professor of Philosophy, Philosophy and Religion

E-mail address: dlh4@msstate.edu
Website: http://www.philosophyandreligion.msstate.edu/faculty/holt.php

Lynn Holt is Professor of Philosophy and past Head of the Department of Philosophy and Religion. He has been at MSU since 1994, having previously taught at Centenary College and The University of the South.

Professor Holt received his Ph.D. from Vanderbilt in 1987. His work is focused on rationality, the philosophy of science, early modern Latin and ancient Greek philosophy.

Apprehension: Reason in the Absence of Rules

Holt, Dale Lynn
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing
First Edition,2002
ISBN: 0754606635

From Notre Dame Philospohical Reviews: While sweeping in scope, Apprehension is well-grounded in historical case study; the author's call for a return to the resources of classical philosophy is supported by his historical account of how twentieth-century analytic philosophy came to inherit the ills that befell modernism through its wholesale rejection of Aristotelianism (4).

Holt deserves applause for a book which combines a well-articulated line of argument with an engaging and varied expository style. His style is reserved and succinct, without needless recurrence. Because of this the author accomplishes a great deal more than many authors would in a short text of 120 pages. This book will appeal to epistemologists and metaphysicians, and to those with strong interdisciplinary interests, as Holt blends his neo-Aristotelianism with a range of previous research interests in rationality theory, scientific discovery, and social psychology.

Publisher's description: This book introduces and explores the role of apprehension in reasoning - setting out the problems, determining the vocabulary, fixing the boundaries, and questioning what is often taken for granted. Lynn Holt argues that a robust conception of rationality must include intellectual virtues which cannot be reduced to a set of rules for reasoners, and argues that the virtue of apprehension, an acquired disposition to see things correctly, is required if rationality is to be defensible.

Drawing on an Aristotelian conception of intellectual virtue and examples from the sciences, Holt shows why impersonal standards for rationality are misguided, why foundations for knowledge are the last elements to emerge from inquiry not the first, and why intuition is a poor substitute for virtue. By placing the current scene in historical perspective, Holt displays the current impasse as the inevitable outcome of the replacement of intellectual virtue with method in the early modern philosophical imagination.

Holt, Dale Lynn Bryan Norwood. "Virtuoso Epistemology" The Philosophical Forum 44.1 (2013): 49-67.
Holt, Dale Lynn, and Bryan Hillard. "Principlism, the Ethics of Virtue and the Politics of Bioethics" Politics and Ethics Review 2.1 (2006):
Holt, Dale Lynn. "Rational Magic: Thomas Digges' Sixteenth Century Defense of Copernicanism" Modern Schoolman 79.1 (2001): 23-40.
Holt, Dale Lynn. "Metaphor, History, Consciousness: From Locke to Dennett" Philosophical Forum 30.3 (1999): 187-200.
Holt, Dale Lynn. "Rationality is Still Hard Work: Some Further Notes on the Disruptive Effects of Deliberation" Philosophical Psychology 12.2 (1999): 215-220.
Holt, Dale Lynn. "Aristotle on the Arche of Practical Reasoning" Journal of Philosophical Research 24 (1999): 365-396.
Holt, Lynn, and R. Glynn Holt. "Regularity in Nonlinear Dynamical Systems" The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 44.4 (1993): 711-727.
Holt, Lynn. "Rationality is Hard Work: An Alternative Interpretation of the Disruptive Effects of thinking About Reasons" Philosophical Psychology 6.3 (1993): 251-266.
Holt, Lynn. "Social Psychology and Practical Reasoning: An Empirical Challenge to the Possibility of Practical Reasoning?" Philosophical Forum 20.4 (1989): 311-325.

Holt, Lynn Dale R. Glynn Holt. "Towards a Very Old Account of Rationality in Experiment: Occult Practices in Chaotic Sonoluminescence." Idealization IX: Idealization in Contemporary Physics. Ed. Niall Shanks. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 1998. 217-238.
Holt, Lynn Dale. "Narrative Justification in Philosophy of Science: A Role for History." Scientific Methods: Conceptual and Historical Problems. Eds. Peter Achinstein and Laura J. Snyder. Malabar, Florida: Krieger Publishing, 1994. 137-158.