Wilfrid Sellars (1912-1989) was, in the opinion of many, the most important American philosopher of the second half of the 20th century. He was, Richard Rorty writes, "as original a mind as C. S. Peirce, and it has taken almost as long for the importance of his ideas to be appreciated." This collection, co edited by Sellars' chief interpreter and intellectual heir, should do much to elucidate and clearly establish the significance of this difficult thinker's vision for contemporary philosophy. The volume presents the most readable of Sellars' essays in a sequence that illuminates what Robert Brandom calls the "inferentialist" conception of meaning at the heart of his work. This conception, laid out in the early essays, is deployed in various epistemological contexts throughout the book so that, upon arriving at the concluding papers on Kant, the reader has been given a tour d'horizon not only of the central topics of philosophy of mind and language, but of much of the history of philosophy as well - and, with this, a sense of what a shifting of analytic philosophy from its Humean into its Kantian stage would entail.
Wilfrid Sellars's works include Empiricism and the Philosophy of Mind (978-0-674-25155-7 - GBP 14.95 - Pbk). Kevin Scharp is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at The Ohio State University. Robert B. Brandom is Distinguished Service Professor of Philosophy and Fellow of the Center for Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh and author of Making It Explicit (978-0-674-54330-0 - GBP 19.95 - Pbk), Articulating Reasons (978-0-674-00692-8 - GBP 14.95 - Pbk), and Tales of the Mighty Dead (978-0-674-00903-5 - GBP 33.95 - Hbk).
Editors' Introduction Editorial Notes Part I: Language and Meaning 1. Inference and Meaning 2. Some Reflections on Language Games 3. Language as Thought and as Communication 4. Meaning as Functional Classification: A Perspective on the Relation of Syntax to Semantics Part II: Abstract Entities 5. Naming and Saying 6. Grammar and Existence: A Preface to Ontology 7. Abstract Entities Part III: Mind, Language, and the World 8. Being and Being Known 9. The Lever of Archimedes 10. Some Reflections on Thoughts and Things 11. Mental Events Part IV: Science and the Mind 12. Phenomenalism 13. The Identity Approach to the Mind-Body Problem 14. Philosophy and the Scientific Image of Man Part V: Kant 15. "This I or He or It (the Thing) Which Thinks" 16. Some Remarks on Kant's Theory of Experience 17. The Role of Imagination in Kant's Theory of Experience Credits Index
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