In the Space of Reasons: Selected Essays of Wilfrid Sellars

In the Space of Reasons: Selected Essays of Wilfrid Sellars

by Wilfrid Sellars
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674024982

ISBN-13: 9780674024984

Pub. Date: 04/15/2007

Publisher: Harvard

Wilfrid Sellars (1912-1989) was, in the opinion of many, the most important American philosopher of the second half of the twentieth 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, coedited by Sellars's chief interpreter and intellectual

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Wilfrid Sellars (1912-1989) was, in the opinion of many, the most important American philosopher of the second half of the twentieth 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, coedited by Sellars's 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's 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.

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ISBN-13:
9780674024984
Publisher:
Harvard
Publication date:
04/15/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
274
Sales rank:
814,790
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents


Editors' Introduction     vii
Editorial Notes     xxvii
Language and Meaning
Inference and Meaning     3
Some Reflections on Language Games     28
Language as Thought and as Communication     57
Meaning as Functional Classification: A Perspective on the Relation of Syntax to Semantics     81
Abstract Entities
Naming and Saying     103
Grammar and Existence: A Preface to Ontology     126
Abstract Entities     163
Mind, Language, and the World
Being and Being Known     209
The Lever of Archimedes     229
Some Reflections on Thoughts and Things     258
Mental Events     282
Science and the Mind
Phenomenalism     303
The Identity Approach to the Mind-Body Problem     350
Philosophy and the Scientific Image of Man     369
Kant
"...this I or he or it (the thing) which thinks..."     411
Some Remarks on Kant's Theory of Experience     437
The Role of Imagination in Kant's Theory of Experience     454
Credits     469
Index     473

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