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Lecture 1 - Sellars

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Patrice Philie

Sept 9 2013 SELLARSPHILOSOPHY AND THE SCIENTIFIC IMAGE OF MANLived roughly from 19121989Attended the University of Pittsburg was also accepted into many other wellknown universitiesHe was heavily influenced by Kant and created a dialogue with thinkers of the past Plato Descartes etc in his workSellars would later be an influence on McDowellWhen looking at the philosophical problem of reconciling the scientific and manifest image of man in the world he turned to traditionSellars conception of philosophy The aim of philosophy abstractly formulated is to understand how things in the broadest possible sense of the term hang together in the broadest possible sense of the termUnder things in the broadest possible sense I include such radically different items a not only cabbages and kings but numbers and duties possibilities and finger snaps aesthetic experience and deathTo achieve success in philosophy would be to use a contemporary turn of phrase to know ones way around with respect to all these things not in that unreflective way in which the centipede of the story knew its way around before it faced the question how do I walk but in that reflective way which means that no intellectual holds are barred Sellars Philosophy and the Scientific Image of Man p 1Have an understanding of how all these things hang together fitcome togetherUnderstand the place of mind in the worldthis will help us understand the place of all other things Analysis VS Synthesis o Analysis to break down into parts to have a detailed view what is the conceptual scheme and what is its place in the world o Synthesis to put things together to see the big picture relationship between mind and world o It is the eye on the whole which is the mark of philosophy
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