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Science and Metaphysics: Variations on Kantian Themes

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ISBN-13: 978-0924922114
ISBN-10: 0924922117
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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Ridgeview Pub Co (January 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0924922117
  • ISBN-13: 978-0924922114
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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By cortezhill VINE VOICE on June 22, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This work offers a systematic presentation of the views which Professor Sellars has formulated on a wide spectrum of philosophical topics over the past twenty years. The argument of the book has an interesting kinship with Kant's attempt to reconcile the insights of rationalism with empiricism, and it is presented within a framework of a critical exposition of Kant's view on fundamental topics in metaphysics, epistemology and ethical theory.

In the early chapters, Kant's attempt to disentangle the respective roles in experience of sensibility and understanding is sympatheticaly explored. The theory of mental acts which is the heart of the Kantian system is carefully analysized and subsequently given a novel twist which is then developed into a theory of intentionality and the mental. In the fifth chapter, levels of factual discourse are distinguished and shown to presuppose a basic level in which conceptual items as items in rerum nature 'represent' or 'picture' the way things are. The distinctions drawn enable a definition of 'reality' and '(ideal) truth' in terms of adequate representation.

The concluding chapter on objectivity and intersubjectivity in ethics is, in a sense, the keystone of the argument, since the book stresses throughout the normative aspects of the concepts of meaning, existence and truth. The chapter can alsoo be read separately as an interpretation and defence of Kant's ethical theory.

--- from book's dustjacket
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Wilfrid Sellars was the rock star of postwar analytic philosophy: with his lectures "Empiricism and the Philosophy of Mind" he took aim at nearly every proviso of philosophical analysis as it was originally practiced (and as collected in the anthology he edited with Herbert Feigl, *Readings in Philosophical Analysis*). He is viewed as somewhat more respectable kin to Derrida, a wild de-centerer of philosophical dogma. Yet very few ever get around to considering *Science and Metaphysics*, his John Locke Lectures published in 1968, in which he attempts to tie all of his various doctrinal innovations together in a satisfying whole.

This may be because *Science and Metaphysics* is quite a rebarbative piece of writing: Sellars' views are not exactly 'too technical' for the common run of philosophical intellects -- like, say, Kripke's "Outline of a Theory of Truth" -- but he certainly lacked much of a gift for exposition. Still, if you have seen the essays recently collected in the Harvard book *In the Space of Reasons*, or got knocked out by "EPM" at some point, you definitely will want to see Sellars' extensions of his views here. You might deduce from Richard Rorty's appreciation of Sellars that Sellars looked askance at scientific realism, but this would be very far from the truth: Sellars' famous dichotomy between the "manifest image" and "scientific image" of humanity was definitely intended to favor the latter -- here he develops a picture of an ideal framework of scientific inquiry, "Conceptual System Peirce", and draws conclusions for our present-day concerns with truth and the "in-itself".
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