- 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)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,566,436 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Science and Metaphysics: Variations on Kantian Themes
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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.
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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".Read more ›