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Wilfrid Sellars and Twentieth-Century Philosophy

ISBN 9781032177496
Published September 30, 2021 by Routledge
264 Pages

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Book Description

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

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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


"In sum, Brandt and Breunig have succeeded in putting together a variegated and solid collection, which constitutes a useful addition to our ongoing scholarly engagement with Sellars. The volume makes an important contribution to the project of obtaining a synoptic view of his thought, both from a historical and philosophical point of view, and will certainly encourage further research in the field."

Luca Corti, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews