David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Philosophy of Science 49 (June):212-27 (1982)
Wilfrid Sellars has proposed a materialist account of sensation which relies in part on the postulation of special kinds of individuals. This postulational strategy appears to be analogous to the one that introduces such entities as electrons. After setting out Sellars' account, I focus on his application of the postulational strategy. I argue that this application requires the discovery of new effects for familiar properties; that this kind of discovery is disanalogous to what postulation usually does; and that this kind of discovery cannot really be arrived at by postulation. I conclude that Sellars has not provided a successful, materialist account of sensation
|Keywords||Materialism Postulation Science Sensation Sellars, W|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
Martin Kurthen (1990). Qualia, Sensa Und Absolute ProzesseQualia, Sensa and Absolute Processes. Journal for General Philosophy of Science / Zeitschrift für Allgemeine Wissenschaftstheorie 21 (1):25-46.
Similar books and articles
Andrew Chrucky (1990). Sellars on Language and Thought. In , Critique of Wilfrid Sellars' Materialism.
Wilfrid Sellars & Hector-Neri Castañeda (eds.) (1975). Action, Knowledge, and Reality. Indianapolis,Bobbs-Merrill.
Thomas C. Vinci (1981). Sellars and the Adverbial Theory of Sensation. Canadian Journal of Philosophy 11 (June):199-217.
Eric M. Rubenstein (2000). Sellars Without Homogeneity. International Journal of Philosophical Studies 8 (1):47 – 71.
Susanna Schellenberg (2006). Sellarsian Perspectives on Perception and Non-Conceptual Content. In Mark Lance & Michael P. Wolf (eds.), The Self-Correcting Enterprise: Essays on Wilfrid Sellars. Rodopi. 173-196.
George S. Pappas (1982). Postulation and Materialism. Philosophical Studies 41 (January):71-82.
William A. Rottschaefer (2011). Why Wilfrid Sellars Is Right (and Right-Wing). Journal of Philosophical Research 36:291-325.
William A. Rottschaefer (2011). The Middle Does Not Hold. Journal of Philosophical Research 36:361-369.
Garrett Vander Veer (1976). Scientific Materialism. Idealistic Studies 6 (January):1-19.
Theodore S. Voelkel (1973). Sellars' Treatment of Sensation. Personalist 54:130-148.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads7 ( #195,080 of 1,102,047 )
Recent downloads (6 months)4 ( #91,864 of 1,102,047 )
How can I increase my downloads?