Analytic Philosophy

Epistemology and Metaphysics After Logical Positivism

Who was Wilfred Sellars?

Wilfred Sellars’ (1912–1989) goal of combining analytic philosophy with logical positivism, resulted in his founding the journal Philosophical Studies. Educated at Michigan and Harvard universities, he spent his professional life after 1963 at the University of Pittsburgh. His work centered on the problems of reconciling the scientific world view with our ordinary conception of ourselves as having minds and intentions in a world with meanings, sounds, and colors. Sellars developed his resolution in a union of empiricism and philosophy of mind, which introduced the philosophy of “functionalism.” His main books include Science, Perception and Reality (1963), Philosophical Perspectives (1967), and Essays in Philosophy and Its History (1974).


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