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Wilfrid Sellars and Twentieth-Century Philosophy

1st Edition

Edited by Stefan Brandt, Anke Breunig


256 pages

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Hardback: 9780815384991
pub: 2019-09-04
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This collection features eleven original essays, divided into three thematic sections, which explore the work of Wilfrid Sellars in relation to other twentieth-century thinkers. Section I analyzes Sellars’s thought in light of some of his influential predecessors, specifically Ludwig Wittgenstein, Rudolf Carnap, John Cook Wilson, and Kazimierz Ajdukiewicz. The second group of essays explores from different perspectives Sellars’s place within the analytic tradition, including his relation with analytic Kantianism and analytic pragmatism. The book’s final section extracts some of the most significant lessons Sellars’s work has to offer for contemporary philosophy. These chapters address his views on inference, his views on truth and its connection to recent discussions about truth-relativism and truth-pluralism, his conception of self-knowledge, and his theory of perceptual experience. 

Table of Contents


Stefan Brandt and Anke Breunig

Part I: Influences

1. Cook Wilson, Sellars, and the Explication of Language

Boris Brandhoff

2. Sellars’s Twist on Carnap’s Syntax

Anke Breunig

3. Ajdukiewicz and Sellars on World Perspectives

Peter Olen

4. Sellars and Wittgenstein on Following a Rule

Stefan Brandt

Part II: Sellars and the Analytic Tradition

5. Wilfrid Sellars as an Analytic Philosopher

Tadeusz Szubka

6. How Pragmatist was Sellars? Reflections on an Analytic Pragmatism

James R. O’Shea

7. Transcendental Principles and Perceptual Warrant: A Case Study in Analytic Kantianism

Johannes Haag

Part III: Learning from Sellars

8. Sellars on Inference

Johannes Hübner

9. Sellars, Truth Pluralism, and Truth Relativism

Lionel Shapiro

10. Some Remarks on Sellars’s Theory of Experience

Willem A. deVries

11. Sellars on Self-Knowledge

Franz Knappik

About the Editors

Stefan Brandt is Assistant Professor at the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany. His work has been published in the British Journal for the History of Philosophy and Philosophical Investigations.

Anke Breunig is Assistant Professor at the University of Halle-Wittenberg, Germany

About the Series

Routledge Studies in American Philosophy

This series is dedicated to monographs and essay collections that examine, from diverse theoretical perspectives, any aspects of America’s rich web of philosophical traditions, from the 17th Century onwards. Frequently associated with pragmatism, particularly in the United States, American philosophy also encompasses many other schools of thought, and has had a significant impact on the development of contemporary epistemology, ethics, metaphysics, philosophy of language, philosophy of science, and political philosophy. By publishing outstanding treatments of its many diverse threads, this series aims to become the default resource for scholars and students interested in a full picture of American philosophy.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PHILOSOPHY / History & Surveys / General