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Willem A. DeVries
University of New Hampshire, Durham
  1. Knowledge, Mind, and the Given: A Reading of Sellars’ “Empiricism and the Philosophy of Mind”.Willem A. deVries & Timm Triplett - 2000 - Hackett.
    This is a careful explication of and commentary on Wilfrid Sellars's classic essay "Empiricism and the Philosophy of Mind" [EPM]. It is appropriate for upper-level undergraduates and beyond. The full text of EPM is included in the volume.
     
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    McDowell, Sellars, and Sense Impressions.Willem A. deVries - 2006 - European Journal of Philosophy 14 (2):182–201.
  3. Hegel's Theory of Mental Activity: An Introduction to Theoretical Spirit.Willem A. DeVries - 1988 - Cornell University Press.
    An interpretation of Hegel's Philosophy of Subjective Spirit showing its continued relevance to contemporary issues in the philosophy of mind.
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  4. Sellars, Realism, and Kantian Thinking.Willem A. deVries - 2012 - Normative Functionalism and the Pittsburgh School.
    This essay is a response to Patrick Reider’s essay “Sellars on Perception, Science and Realism: A Critical Response.” Reider is correct that Sellars’s realism is in tension with his generally Kantian approach to issues of knowledge and mind, but I do not think Reider’s analysis correctly locates the sources of that tension or how Sellars himself hoped to be able to resolve it. Reider’s own account of idealism and the reasons supporting it are rooted in the epistemological tradition that informed (...)
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    Naturalism, the Autonomy of Reason, and Pictures.Willem A. deVries - 2010 - International Journal of Philosophical Studies 18 (3):395-413.
    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 committed to the array of apparently non-natural entities or (...)
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    The Dialectic of Teleology.Willem A. deVries - 1991 - Philosophical Topics 19 (2):51-70.
    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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  7. Sense-Certainty and the 'This-Such'.Willem A. Devries - 2008 - In Dean Moyar & Michael Quante (eds.), Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit: A Critical Guide. Cambridge University Press.
    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.
     
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    Consciousness.Willem A. deVries & William G. Lycan - 1990 - Philosophical Review 99 (2):263.
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    Just What is the Relation Between the Manifest and the Scientific Images?Willem A. deVries - 2016 - International Journal of Philosophical Studies 24 (1):112-128.
    Robert B. Brandom’s From Empiricism to Expressivism ranges widely over fundamental issues in metaphysics, with occasional forays into epistemology as well. The centerpiece is what Brandom calls ‘the Kant-Sellars thesis about modality’. This is ‘[t]he claim that in being able to use ordinary empirical descriptive vocabulary, one already knows how to do everything that one needs to know how to do, in principle, to use alethic modal vocabulary – in particular subjunctive conditionals’. Despite claiming descent from Sellars, Brandom defends here (...)
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    Empiricism, Perceptual Knowledge, Normativity, and Realism: Essays on Wilfrid Sellars.Willem A. deVries (ed.) - 2009 - Oxford University Press.
    The ten essays in this collection were written to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the lectures which became Wilfrid Sellars's Empiricism and the Philosophy of ...
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    Hegel's Theory of Mental Actitivity.Willem A. Devries - 1991 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 51 (3):663-675.
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    Hegel's Dialectic and its Criticism.Willem A. DeVries & Michael Rosen - 1984 - Philosophical Review 93 (3):450.
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  13. Brandom's Two-Ply Error.Willem A. deVries & Paul Coates - 2009 - In Willem A. DeVries (ed.), Empiricism, Perceptual Knowledge, Normativity, and Realism: Essays on Wilfrid Sellars. Oxford University Press.
    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.
     
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    Hegelian Spirits in Sellarsian Bottles.Willem A. DeVries - 2017 - Philosophical Studies 174 (7):1643-1654.
    Though Wilfrid Sellars portrayed himself as a latter-day Kantian, I argue here that he was at least as much a Hegelian. Several themes Sellars shares with Hegel are investigated: the sociality and normativity of the intentional, categorial change, the rejection of the given, and especially their denial of an unknowable thing-in-itself. They are also united by an emphasis on the unity of things—the belief that things do “hang together.” Hegel’s unity is idealist; Sellars’ is physicalist; the differences are substantial, but (...)
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    In the Space of Reasons: Selected Essays of Wilfrid Sellars. [REVIEW]Willem A. deVries - 2008 - Review of Metaphysics 61 (4):860-862.
    a "book note" on this collection of selected essays by Wilfrid Sellars.
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    McDowell, Sellars, and Sense Impressions.Willem A. Devries - 2006 - European Journal of Philosophy 14 (2):182-201.
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    Sellars and the Myth of the Given.Willem A. deVries - 2011 - In Michael Bruce & Steven Barbone (eds.), Just the Arguments: 100 of the Most Important Arguments in Western Philosophy. Wiley-Blackwell.
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    Hegel's Concept of Action, by Michael Quante. [REVIEW]Willem A. deVries - 2006 - The Owl of Minerva 38 (1-2):190-194.
  19. Is Sellars's Rylean Hypothesis Plausible? A Dialogue.Timm Triplett & Willem A. DeVries - 2006 - In Michael P. Wolf & Mark Norris Lance (eds.), Poznan Studies in the Philosophy of the Sciences and the Humanities. Rodopi. pp. 85-114.
    A dialogue between someone who finds Sellars's Rylean myth in "Empiricism and the Philosophy of Mind" quite implausible and another who defends it.
     
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    The Dialectic of Teleology.Willem A. Devries - 1991 - Philosophical Topics 19 (2):51-70.
    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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  21. Getting Beyond Idealisms.Willem A. deVries - 2009 - In Willem A. DeVries (ed.), Empiricism, Perceptual Knowledge, Normativity, and Realism: Essays on Wilfrid Sellars. Oxford University Press.
    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 into such an idealism.
     
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    Hegel on Reference and Knowledge.Willem A. DeVries - 1988 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 26 (2):297-307.
    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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    Experience and the Swamp Creature.Willem A. Devries - 1996 - Philosophical Studies 82 (1):55-80.
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    Burgeoning Skepticism.Willem A. deVries - 1990 - Erkenntnis 33 (2):141-164.
    This paper shows that the resources mobilized by recent arguments against individualism in the philosophy of mind also suffice to construct a good argument against a Humean-style skepticism about our knowledge of extra-mental reality. The argument constructed, however, will not suffice to lay to rest the attacks of a truly global skeptic who rejects the idea that we usually know what our occurrent mental states are.
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    Meaning and Interpretation in History.Willem A. DeVries - 1983 - History and Theory 22 (3):253-263.
    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 they are translating. Since there is no codified set of (...)
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    On Sophist 255b-E.Willem A. deVries - 1988 - History of Philosophy Quarterly 5 (4):385-394.
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    Who Sees with Equal Eye,... Atoms or Systems Into Ruin Hurl'd?Willem A. DeVries - 1993 - Philosophical Studies 71 (2):191-200.
    A comment the paper by Brian McLaughlin in the same volume, this paper raises questions about whether the classicism/connectionism debate is really well-formed.
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    All in the Family.Willem A. Devries - 2013 - In Dan Ryder, Justine Kingsbury & Kenneth Williford (eds.), Millikan and Her Critics. Wiley. pp. 259--280.
    This article considers Ruth Millikan's relationship to Robert Brandom and most especially their common influence, Wilfrid Sellars.
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  29. Hegel's Theory of Mental Activity: An Introduction to Theoretical Spirit.Karl Ameriks & Willem A. DeVries - 1992 - Philosophical Review 101 (2):399.
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    Sellars' "Rylean Myth".Willem A. deVries - 2011 - In Michael Bruce & Steven Barbone (eds.), Just the Arguments: 100 of the Most Important Arguments in Western Philosophy. Wiley-Blackwell.
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    Review of Jay F. Rosenberg, Wilfrid Sellars: Fusing the Images[REVIEW]Willem A. deVries - 2008 - Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2008 (6).
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    Review of Paul Redding, Analytic Philosophy and the Return of Hegelian Thought[REVIEW]Willem A. deVries - 2008 - Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2008 (4).
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    Wilfrid Sellars: Naturalism with a Normative Turn. [REVIEW]Willem A. Devries - 2008 - Review of Metaphysics 61 (4):854-855.
    A brief "book note" on James O'Shea's "Wilfrid Sellars".
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    Review: McDowell, The Engaged Intellect: Philosophical Essays and Having the World in View: Essays on Kant, Hegel, and Sellars. [REVIEW]Willem A. deVries - 2009 - Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2009 (8).
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    Knowledge, Mind, and the Given: Reading Wilfrid Sellars's "Empiricism and the Philosophy of Mind," Including the Complete Text of Sellars's Essay.Danielle Macbeth, Wilfrid Sellars, Willem A. deVries & Timm Triplett - 2002 - Philosophical Review 111 (2):281.
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    Hegel’s Concept of Action, by Michael Quante. [REVIEW]Willem A. Devries - 2006 - The Owl of Minerva 38 (1/2):190-194.
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  37. Empiricism, Perceptual Knowledge, Normativity, and Realism: Essays on Wilfrid Sellars.Willem A. deVries (ed.) - 2009 - Oxford University Press.
    Leading philosophers from both sides of the Atlantic present essays on Wilfrid Sellars's Empiricism and the Philosophy of Mind, one of the crowning achievements of 20th-century analytic philosophy. They discuss empiricism, perception, epistemology, realism, and normativity, showing how vibrant Sellarsian philosophy remains in the 21st century.
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  38. Knowledge, Mind, and the Given Reading Wilfrid Sellars's "Empiricism and the Philosophy of Mind," Including the Complete Text of Sellars's Essay.Willem A. deVries & Timm Triplett - 2000 - Hackett Publishing Company.
    "Sellars' s argument in EPM is enormously rich, subtle, and compelling. It is also, for the uninitiated, extraordinarily dense. Willem deVries and Timm Triplett’s comprehensive commentary _Knowledge, Mind, and the Given_ provides a much needed guide. Beginning with a general overview to introduce some main themes and difficulties, deVries and Triplett take the reader step by step through the sixteen parts of the essay, providing at each stage necessary background, illuminating connections, and insightful clarifications of the main lines of argument.... (...)
     
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  39. Michael Wolff, Das Körper-Seele-Problem: Kommentar zu Hegel, Enzyklopädie , §389 , pp. 211. ISBN 3-465-02509-1.Willem A. deVries - 1998 - Hegel Bulletin 19 (1-2):109-112.
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  40. Reality, Knowledge, and the Good Life a Historical Introduction to Philosophy.Willem A. Devries - 1991
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