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Wilfrid Sellars

Michael P. Wolf and Jeremy Randel Koons

in Philosophy

ISBN: 9780195396577
Published online May 2010 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/obo/9780195396577-0134
Wilfrid Sellars

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Wilfrid Sellars (1912–1989) did some of the most interesting and challenging work in Western philosophy in the 20th century. At a time when most philosophers were moving towards increasingly narrow specialization in their scholarship, he produced a large corpus that was both systematic and extensive in scope. Sellars is also a difficult philosopher to read, however. “I revise my papers until only I can understand them,” he is rumored to have said, “and then I revise them once more.” His prose is both idiosyncratic and ambitious, striking out in novel directions while striving to address the concerns of the past on every page. In this entry, we strive to address his most significant contributions to epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of language, philosophy of mind, and ethics. We pass over most of the details of his work in the history of philosophy, particularly his work on Kant. Wherever possible, we have included original dates and sources of publication to give the reader a sense of the progression of Sellars’s work, but nearly all of these papers are included in one or more of the anthologies listed.

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Subjects: Philosophy ; Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art ; Epistemology ; Feminist Philosophy ; History of Western Philosophy ; Metaphysics ; Moral Philosophy ; Non-Western Philosophy ; Philosophy of Language ; Philosophy of Law ; Philosophy of Mathematics and Logic ; Philosophy of Mind ; Philosophy of Religion ; Philosophy of Science ; Social and Political Philosophy

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