•  7
    Sense-certainty and the 'this-such'
    In Dean Moyar & Michael Quante (eds.), Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit: A Critical Guide, Cambridge University Press. 2008.
    This article shows how Hegel's 'Sense-Certainty' chapter fills in a gap in Kant's and Sellars's critique of empiricism by supplying an argument that even indexical reference presupposes and is mediated by a larger conceptual framework.
  •  14
    Meaning and Interpretation in History
    History and Theory 22 (3): 253-263. 1983.
    The translationist theory of meaning can provide a plausible understanding of the reenactment methodology of history, although there are disanalogies. It takes as primitive our ability to recognize synonymy relations between linguistic episodes, either within the same language or other languages. In translating a complex linguistic object translators must possess an incredibly large stock of background knowledge about a culture and be sensitive and resourceful speakers of the language into which…Read more
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    This paper investigates Sellars's complex attitude towards idealism. It distinguishes between the epistemologically-based arguments that led many empiricists to idealism and a different set of more purely metaphysical arguments that came to dominate in German Idealism. Sellars resolutely rejects all of the epistemological arguments for idealism, but shows much greater sympathy with the metaphysical arguments. It is then argued that Sellars introduced his notion of picturing to avoid falling i…Read more
  •  20
    WSS Interview #1: Willem deVries
    Wilfrid Sellars Society Interviews. 2012.
  •  30
    The Dialectic of Teleology
    Philosophical Topics 19 (2): 51-70. 1991.
    The is a reading of Hegel's chapter on teleology in the Science of Logic. It argues that inadequacies in the intentional model of teleology that dominated both pre-Kantian and Kantian thought about teleology force us to recognize a much more Aristotelian conception of natural teleology that must be presupposed to make sense of the teleology of intentions.
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    An interpretation of Hegel's Philosophy of Subjective Spirit showing its continued relevance to contemporary issues in the philosophy of mind.
  • Brandom's two-ply error
    with Paul Coates
    In Willem A. deVries (ed.), Empiricism, Perceptual Knowledge, Normativity, and Realism: Essays on Wilfrid Sellars, Oxford University Press. 2009.
    Robert Brandom makes several mistakes in his discussion of Sellars's "Two-Ply" account of observation. Brandom does not recognize the difference in "level" between observation reports concerning physical objects and 'looks'-statements. He also denies that 'looks'-statements are reports or even make claims. They then demonstrate a more correct reading of Sellars on 'looks'-statements.
  •  19
    Wilfrid Sellars: Naturalism with a Normative Turn (review)
    Review of Metaphysics 61 (4): 854-855. 2008.
    A brief "book note" on James O'Shea's "Wilfrid Sellars"
  •  96
    Ontology and the Completeness of Sellars’s Two Images
    Humana.Mente - Journal of Philosophical Studies 21 1-18. 2012.
    Sellars claims completeness for both the “manifest” and the “scientific images” in a way that tempts one to assume that they are independent of each other, while, in fact, they must share at least one common element: the language of individual and community intentions. I argue that this significantly muddies the waters concerning his claim of ontological primacy for the scientific image, though not in favor of the ontological primacy of the manifest image. The lesson I draw is that we need to r…Read more
  •  110
    Naturalism, the Autonomy of Reason, and Pictures
    International Journal of Philosophical Studies 18 (3): 395-413. 2010.
    Sellars was committed to the irreducibility of the semantic, the intentional, and the normative. Nevertheless, he was also committed to naturalism, which is prima facie at odds with his other theses. This paper argues that Sellars maintained his naturalism by being linguistically pluralistic but ontologically monistic . There are irreducibly distinct forms of discourse, because there is an array of distinguishable functions that language and thought perform, but we are not ontologically committe…Read more
  •  17
    Hegel and Skepticism
    Philosophical Review 101 (2): 401. 1992.
  •  62
    Does observational knowledge require metaknowledge? A dialogue on Sellars
    International Journal of Philosophical Studies 15 (1). 2007.
    In the following dialogue between TT - a foundationalist - and WdeV - a Sellarsian, we offer our differing assessments of the principle for observational knowledge proposed in Wilfrid Sellars's 'Empiricism and the Philosophy of Mind'. Sellars writes: 'For a Konstatierung "This is green" to "express observational knowledge", not only must it be a symptom or sign of the presence of a green object in standard conditions, but the perceiver must know that tokens of "This is green" are symptoms of the…Read more
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    The dialectic of teleology
    Philosophical Topics 19 (2): 51-70. 1991.
    An analysis of Hegel's chapter on teleology in the Science of Logic. Hegel argues that the 'intentional model' of teleology assumed by Kant actually presupposes a natural or organic teleology more like along Aristotelian lines.
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    Hegel on reference and knowledge
    Journal of the History of Philosophy 26 (2): 297-307. 1988.
    A refutation of claims by, e.g., Hamlyn or Soll, that Hegel denies our ability to refer to or knowledge individual objects.
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    In the Space of Reasons: Selected Essays of Wilfrid Sellars (review)
    Review of Metaphysics 61 (4): 860-862. 2008.
    a "book note" on this collection of selected essays by Wilfrid Sellars