1st Edition

Sellars and Contemporary Philosophy





ISBN 9781138670624
Published December 2, 2016 by Routledge
264 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Wilfrid Sellars made profound and lasting contributions to nearly every area of philosophy. The aim of this collection is to highlight the continuing importance of Sellars’ work to contemporary debates. The contributors include several luminaries in Sellars scholarship, as well as members of the new generation whose work demonstrates the lasting power of Sellars’ ideas. Papers by O’Shea and Koons develop Sellars’ underexplored views concerning ethics, practical reasoning, and free will, with an emphasis on his longstanding engagement with Kant. Sachs, Hicks and Pereplyotchik relate Sellars’ views of mental phenomena to current topics in cognitive science and philosophy of mind. Fink, deVries, Price, Macbeth, Christias, and Brandom grapple with traditional Sellarsian themes, including meaning, truth, existence, and objectivity. Brandhoff provides an original account of the evolution of Sellars’ philosophy of language and his project of "pure pragmatics". The volume concludes with an author-meets-critics section centered around Robert Brandom’s recent book, From Empiricism to Expressivism: Brandom Reads Sellars, with original commentaries and replies.

Table of Contents

Introduction, David Pereplyotchik and Deborah R. Barnbaum



Part I. Ethics, Moral Reasoning, and Free Will



1. Thought, Freedom and Embodiment in Kant and Sellars



James O’Shea



2. Toward a Sellarsian Ethics for the 21st Century



Jeremy Randel Koons



Part II. Philosophy of Language and Mind



3. Pure Pragmatics and the Phenomenology of Linguistic Functions: On Sellars’ Non-Factualistic Conception of Philosophy



Boris Brandhoff



4. What Jones Taught the Ryleans: Towards a Sellarsian Metaphysics of Thought



Michael R. Hicks



5. Sellars and Psycholinguistics



David Pereplyotchik



6. Sentience and Sapience: The Place of Enactive Cognitive Science in Sellarsian Philosophy of Mind



Carl B. Sachs



Part III. Metaphysics and Epistemology



7. Wilfrid Sellars Meets Cambridge Pragmatism



Huw Price



8. An Incoherence in Sellars’ Error Theoretical Account of Color Concepts



Kevin Fink



9. The Causal Articulation of Practical Reality



Willem A. deVries



10. Natural Truth



Danielle Macbeth



11. Does Brandom’s Kant-Sellars Thesis about Modality Undermine Sellars’ Scientific Naturalism?



Dionysis Christias



12. On the Way to a Pragmatist Theory of the Categories



Robert B. Brandom



Part IV Author Meets Critics



Robert B. Brandom, Willem A. deVries , and James O’Shea

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Biography

David Pereplyotchik is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Kent State University. He received his Ph.D. in philosophy, with a concentration in cognitive science, from the CUNY Graduate Center. He is the author of Psychosyntax: The Nature of Grammar and Its Place in the Mind (2017) and is an active member of the Wilfrid Sellars Society.



Deborah R. Barnbaum is Professor and Chair of Philosophy at Kent State University. She received her Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Massachusetts in 1996. She is the author of The Ethics of Autism (2008) and the co-author of Research Ethics: Text and Readings, with Michael Byron (2001).