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AuthorSellars, Wifrid. author
TitleEssays in Philosophy and Its History [electronic resource] / by Wifrid Sellars
ImprintDordrecht : Springer Netherlands, 1974
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Descript XIII, 462 p. online resource


In pulling these essays together for inclusion in one volume I do not believe that I have done them violence. Since they originally appeared at different times and places they constitute a scattered object. Neverยญ theless, to the author's eye they have unities of theme and development which, if they fail to give them the true identity of the book, may (to adapt a metaphor from Hume) generate those smooth and easy transiยญ tions of the imagination which arouse dispositions appropriate to surยญ veying such identical objects. For the juxtaposition of historical and systematic studies I make no apology. It has been suggested, with a friendly touch of malice, that if Science and Metaphysics consists, as its subtitle proclaims, of Variations on Kantian Themes, it would be no less accurate to sub-title my historical essays 'variations on Sellars ian themes'. But this is as it should be. Phiยญ losophy is a continuing dialogue with one's contemporaries, living and dead, and if one fails to see oneself in one's respondent and one's reยญ spondent in oneself, there is confrontation but no dialogue. The historian, as Collingwood points out, becomes Caesar's contemporary by learning to think Caesar's thoughts. And it is because Plato thought so many of our thoughts that he is our contemporary and companion


One -- I. Reason and the Art of Living in Plato -- II. On Knowing the Better and Doing the Worse -- III. Some Remarks on Kantโ{128}{153}s Theory of Experience -- IV. โ{128}{156}โ{128}ฆ this 1 or he or it (the thing) which thinksโ{128}ฆโ{128}{157} -- Two -- V. Language as Thought and as Communication -- VI. Reply to Marras -- VII. Some Problems About Belief -- VIII. Reply to Quine -- IX. Conceptual Change -- X. Actions and Events -- XI. Metaphysics and the Concept of a Person -- Three -- XII. Empiricism and Abstract Entities -- XIII. On the Introduction of Abstract Entities -- XIV. Toward a Theory of the Categories -- XV. Classes as Abstract Entities and the Russell Paradox -- Four -- XVI. Induction as Vindication -- XVII. Are there Non-Deductive Logics? -- XVIII. Theoretical Explanation -- Index of Names -- Index of Subjects

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