Wilfrid Sellars

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McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, Nov 28, 2005 - Philosophy - 353 pages
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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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Contents

1 Sellarss philosophical enterprise
1
2 Sellarss philosophy of language
23
3 Categories the a priori and transcendental philosophy
57
4 Sellarss nominalism
67
5 Knowledge and the given
94
6 Science and reality
142
7 Intentionality and the mental
171
8 Sensory consciousness
203
9 Practical reason
246
10 The necessity of the normative
269
Notes
283
Bibliography
315
Index
325
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Willem deVries is professor of philosophy, the University of New Hampshire.

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