Sellars Week 8 PSIM Plan
Preliminaries: 1. From last week, on nominalism: a) Nominalization is the genus within which I suggested we think about nominalism. b) Abstraction is a way of nominalizing noun phrases: introducing new terms on the basis of old on
Sellars Week 5 ("Naming and Saying") Notes
1. LW in Tractatus: Two alternatives, either complex objects represent (don't say `name')
facts, or facts about names do. Facts vs. complex objects. Jumblese.
2. "Of particular interest in this connection
SRLG Passages 1. [Regulism] It seems plausible to say that a language is a system of expressions the use of which is subject to certain rules. It would seem, thus, that learning to use a language is learning to obey the rules for the use of its ex
Sellars Week 9 Notes "Being and Being Known" (1960) "The Lever of Archimedes" (1981-First Carus Lecture) 1. TLA is a late, on the whole disappointing piece. (Certainly it was a disappointment as the opening one of the much-anticipated, much-delaye
Sellars Week 7 "Abstract Entities" Plan 1. Intro: a) Our aim: Kant [A 314?] and Hegel on understanding a philosopher better than he understands himself. T.S. Eliot: "We know so much more than the dead authors." "Yes, and they are what we know." (F
Sellars Week 5
1. One thing that is desparately wanted-indeed, a whole field of study that is wanted-is a
non-logical theory of description(s). This would be in two (inevitably) interrelated parts. One is an account of the act of describing: what
Sellars Week Four "Counterfactuals, Dispositions, and the Causal Modalities" The essay is (as Sellars says in its Introduction) in two parts. I'm not going to say anything about Part One, save for the following observations: 1. Sellars uses Princi
Sellars Week 2 Notes
1. Introductory comment for IM: WS loved the mystery story form of organizing our
peculiar genre of creative nonfiction writing. It contrasts with the journalistic form of organization. In the former, you don't know wh
Sellars Intro Plan On the 20 anniversary of his death in 1989 1. Claim: Wilfrid Sellars is the greatest American philosopher of the 20th century. Put this way, Brits are out of contention (Russell etc.), as are Germans and Austrians (Wittgenstein,
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Sellars: "Philosophy and the Scientific Image of Man"
Section I: The Philosophical Quest 1) The aim of philosophy, abstractly formulated, is to understand how things in the broadest possible sense of the term hang together in the broadest possible sense o
Notes on "Naming and Saying" (1962)
1. "The essay adopts the Tractarian view that configurations of objects are expressed by
configurations of names."  Me: But there are lots of facts that are in no sensible sense "configurations of objects."
"Meaning as Functional Classification" Passages
1. For even if, as I do, one finds a reference to `inner conceptual episodes' which are only in
an analogical sense `verbal' to be an indispensable feature of what might be called finegrained psychol
Language as Thought and as Communication-Passages 1. The position which I shall ultimately delineate and defend.can.be characterized as an attempt to give a naturalistic interpretation of the intentionality of conceptual acts. [Intro-57] The early
"The Lever of Archimedes" (1981 First Carus Lecture) Passages
1. My ultimate aim will be to formulate, more clearly than I have hitherto been able to
do, the complex interplay in empirical knowledge of the two dimensions which epistemologists have
Inference and Meaning Passages 1. Twenty or so years ago it was received dogma among the great majority of empirically-minded philosophers that the inference which finds its expression in "It is raining, therefore the streets will be wet" is an enthymeme.
Topics from "Grammar and Existence" and Plan for Seminar 1. In NS, WS addressed the suggestion that `Fa' should be read as `a exemplifies F-ness'. GE addresses "categorizing contexts": `F-ness is a quality'. It offers a metalinguistic expressivism
October 7, 2009
Grammar and Existence 
I. "straightforward abstract entities as Triangularity, Mankind, and the proposition that Tom is clever.  'white' plays two roles, corresponding to triangular/triangularity.  III. Since the use of cat
"Counterfactuals, Dispositions, and the Causal Modalities"
1) In an autobiographical sketch, Sellars dates his break with traditional empiricism to his Oxford days in the thirties. It was, he says, prompted by concern with understanding the sort o
"Being and Being Known" (1960) Passages
1. I shall be defending the thesis that knowledge involves an isomorphism of the
knower with the known at both the sensuous and intellectual levels. 
2. Now whereas the Cartesians postulated a domain of
2/15/12 Abstract Entities (1963) 1. (163-4) "I have argued in a number of papers.that abstract entities.are linguistic entities. They are linguistic expressions. They are expressions, however, in a rarified sense. Redness, as a first approximation, is the