Sellars, Wilfrid Stalker (1912–89)
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List of works
Sellars, W.S. (1963) Science, Perception and Reality, London and New York: Routledge & Kegan Paul; repr. Atascadero, CA: Ridgeview, 1991.
Sellars, W.S. (1967) Philosophical Perspectives, Springfield, IL: Charles C. Thomas; repr. Atascadero, CA: Ridgeview, 1977, 2 vols.
Sellars, W.S. (1968) Science and Metaphysics: Variations on Kantian Themes, The John Locke Lectures for 1965–6, London and New York: Routledge & Kegan Paul; repr. Atascadero, CA: Ridgeview, 1992
(Based on his John Locke Lectures for 1965–6. The most systematic presentation of Sellars’ views on perception, intentionality, representation, truth and the metaphysics and ethics of persons, developed in relation to the work of Kant, Peirce and the early Wittgenstein.)
Sellars, W.S. (1974) Essays in Philosophy and Its History, Dordrecht: Reidel.
(A rich collection of historical interpretive and systematic essays from Sellars’ most productive years. Includes his presidential address to the American Philosophical Association on the Kantian text ‘this I or he or it (the thing) which thinks…’, as well as significant contributions to the philosophy of language, metaphysics and the philosophy of science.)
Sellars, W.S. (1980) Naturalism and Ontology, Atascadero, CA: Ridgeview.
(Sellars’ John Dewey Lectures for 1973–4 present his mature views on the interrelationships of language, logic and ontology. The most systematic defence of his ‘linguistic nominalism’.)
Sellars, W.S. (1981a) Pure Pragmatics and Possible Worlds, ed. and with intro. by J.F. Sicha, Atascadero, CA: Ridgeview.
(A comprehensive collection of Sellars’ earliest works (1947–53). These richly textured and dialectically complex early essays are difficult to access, but, besides offering a developmental perspective on Sellars’ overall corpus, they include a number of interesting ideas and theses not explicitly developed in his later work.)
Sellars, W.S. (1981b) ‘Foundations for a Metaphysics of Pure Process’, Monist 64: 3–90.
(A special issue of the Monist, containing Sellars’ Carus Lectures from 1977–8. This is the most developed and systematic presentation of Sellars’ unique views in the philosophy of mind. The title reflects his conviction that sensible qualities can be satisfactorily accommodated within a naturalistic worldview only in the context of a (speculatively-envisioned) ontology of ‘pure processes’.)
Sellars, W.S. (1989) The Metaphysics of Epistemology: Lectures by Wilfrid Sellars, ed. P.V. Amaral, Atascadero, CA: Ridgeview.
(This posthumously published work reproduces a series of university lectures given by Sellars in 1975 on central topics in epistemology and metaphysics. In sharp contrast to his densely written essays, Sellars’ classroom presentations tended to be discursively relaxed and informal. This charmingly illustrated book is consequently a good first introduction to his complex views regarding perception, knowledge, minds, meaning and representation.)
References and further reading.
Rosenberg, Jay F.. Bibliography. Sellars, Wilfrid Stalker (1912–89), 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-DD065-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis, https://www.rep.routledge.com/articles/biographical/sellars-wilfrid-stalker-1912-89/v-1/bibliography/sellars-wilfrid-stalker-1912-89-bib.
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