Empiricism and the Philosophy of Mind / Edition 1

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Overview

The most important work by one of America's greatest twentieth-century philosophers, Empiricism and the Philosophy of Mind is both the epitome of Wilfrid Sellars' entire philosophical system and a key document in the history of philosophy. First published in essay form in 1956, it helped bring about a sea change in analytic philosophy. It broke the link, which had bound Russell and Ayer to Locke and Hume--the doctrine of "knowledge by acquaintance." Sellars' attack on the Myth of the Given in Empiricism and the Philosophy of Mind was a decisive move in turning analytic philosophy away from the foundationalist motives of the logical empiricists and raised doubts about the very idea of "epistemology."

With an introduction by Richard Rorty to situate the work within the history of recent philosophy, and with a study guide by Robert Brandom, this publication of Empiricism and the Philosophy of Mind makes a difficult but indisputably significant figure in the development of analytic philosophy clear and comprehensible to anyone who would understand that philosophy or its history.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674251557
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 796,376
  • Product dimensions: 5.48 (w) x 8.29 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Meet the Author

Wilfrid Sellars (1912-1989) graduated from the University of Michigan in 1933. He taught at Iowa, Minnesota, and Yale, and was University Professor of Philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh from 1963 until his death. His works include Science and Metaphysics (1968) and Science, Perception, and Reality (1963).

Richard Rorty was Professor of Comparative Literature at Stanford University. He is the author of the landmark works Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature; Contingency, Irony, and Solidarity; and The Consequences of Pragmatism.

Robert B. Brandom is Distinguished Service Professor of Philosophy and Fellow of the Center for Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
I An Ambiguity in Sense-Datum Theories 13
II Another Language? 25
III The Logic of 'Looks' 32
IV Explaining Looks 46
V Impressions and Ideas: A Logical Point 53
VI Impressions and Ideas: A Historical Point 57
VII The Logic of 'Means' 64
VIII Does Empirical Knowledge Have a Foundation? 68
IX Science and Ordinary Usage 79
X Private Episodes: The Problem 85
XI Thoughts: The Classical View 88
XII Our Rylean Ancestors 90
XIII Theories and Models 94
XIV Methodological versus Philosophical Behaviorism 98
XV The Logic of Private Episodes: Thoughts 102
XVI The Logic of Private Episodes: Impressions 107
References 117
Study Guide 119
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