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From the Publisher"I know that a review without any critical comments looks like anapology rather than a real review ... and to my embarrassment,there is little I can say by way of criticism about James O'Shea'sbook. The depth and colorfulness of the depiction of Sellars'philosophy as presented by O'Shea [is] remarkable."
"Not only does this book present a comprehensive picture ofSellars’s philosophical system in its breadth, its depth andsubtlety, it does so with a freshness and lucidity that I have notseen before in commentaries on Sellars, including my own."
Tom Vinci, Notre Dame PhilosophicalReviews
"A pellucid introduction to the systematic thought of one of thedeepest, most important, and least understood of twentieth-centuryphilosophers."
Robert Brandom, University of Pittsburgh
"Jim O'Shea's compact book is an extremely valuable addition tothe burgeoning literature on the philosophy of Wilfrid Sellars,presenting the essential elements of his dialectically intricatework in a relatively brief and eminently readable form. The bookoffers clear and accessible accounts of many of Sellars' mostchallenging ideas, embedded in a lucid expository structure thatcaptures and effectively conveys the deeply systematic character ofhis philosophical vision. O'Shea insightfully traces theimplications of Sellars' "naturalism with a normative turn" for theinnovative conceptions of meaning, knowledge, representation, andtruth in terms of which he undertook to reconcile our "manifestimage" of ourselves as unitary subjects of sensation, thought, andaction with the continually-developing "scientific image" of aworld composed only of imperceptible impersonal entities andforces."
Jay F. Rosenberg, University of North Carolina