Wilfrid Sellars (1912-1989) has been called the most profound and systematic epistemological thinker of the twentieth century. Many of his ideas have become widely acknowledged, including his attack on the "myth of the given," his functionalist treatment of intentional states, his proposal that psychological concepts are like theoretical concepts, and his suggestion that attributions of knowledge locate the knower "in the logical space of reasons." Notoriously difficult to understand, Sellars' essays are not only complex but were never situated within a unified exposition of his thought.. Willem deVries addresses these difficulties and provides a careful reading and remarkable overview of Sellars' systematic philosophy. This clear, comprehensive, and authoritative work will become the standard point of reference for all philosophers seeking to understand Sellars's hugely significant body of work.
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2 Sellarss philosophy of language
3 Categories the a priori and transcendental philosophy
4 Sellarss nominalism
5 Knowledge and the given
6 Science and reality
7 Intentionality and the mental
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absolute processes abstract entities according to Sellars analysis argument assert basic behaviour categorial causal claims coherentism colour commitment complex concepts conceptual framework distinction empirical knowledge Empiricism episodes epistemic epistemology explain expressions fact ﬁrst FMPP formulate foundationalism function given IAMB ice cube inductive inference inferential intention Jones judgements justiﬁcation kind language linguistic logical space manifest image meaning mental mentalistic metalanguage metalinguistic Metaphysics modal moral myth nature nominalist normative notion observation reports one’s ontological Paradox of Analysis particular Peircean perception Philosophy of Mind physical objects picture predicates principle problem proper sensibles properties propositional knowledge propositions PSIM psychological quantiﬁer realism reason reductive materialism reference Reﬂections relation representational system role rules Ryleans scientific scientiﬁc image Sellars thinks Sellars’s view semantic sensation sense impressions sensory sentences signiﬁcant singular terms speciﬁc statements structure theoretical theory things thought tion transcendentally ideal truth ultimately University Wilfrid Sellars