Getting Beyond Idealisms

Willem A. deVries

in Empiricism, Perceptual Knowledge, Normativity, and Realism

Published in print November 2009 | ISBN: 9780199573301
Published online February 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191722172 | DOI:

Series: Mind Association Occasional Series

Getting Beyond Idealisms

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This chapter distinguishes between epistemologically and metaphysically motivated forms of idealism. It then shows how Wilfrid Sellars systematically blocks the epistemological motivations for idealism popular in the empiricist tradition. It then argues that the metaphysical motivations for idealism common in the German tradition posed a more significant challenge to Sellars's realism and naturalism, and that it is in response to this challenge that he developed and defended his notion of picturing.

Keywords: Wilfrid Sellars; idealism; realism; naturalism; German Idealism; empiricism; picturing

Chapter.  11848 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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