Wilfrid Sellars

Wilfrid Stalker Sellars (May 20, 1912 – July 2, 1989) was an American philosopher and prominent developer of critical realism,[10] who "revolutionized both the content and the method of philosophy in the United States".[11]

Wilfrid Sellars
Wilfrid Stalker Sellars

(1912-05-20)May 20, 1912
DiedJuly 2, 1989(1989-07-02) (aged 77)
EducationUniversity of Michigan (B.A., 1933)
University at Buffalo (M.A., 1934)[1]
Oriel College, Oxford (B.A., 1936; MA, 1940)
Era20th-century philosophy
RegionWestern philosophy
Pittsburgh School
Process philosophy[2]
Critical realism (philosophy of perception)
InstitutionsUniversity of Pittsburgh
Academic advisorsMarvin Farber[4]
Thomas Dewar Weldon
Doctoral studentsJay Rosenberg
Paul Churchland
Robert Kane
Christopher Gauker
Héctor-Neri Castañeda
Richard Creath
Other notable studentsFred Dretske
Main interests
Philosophy of mind
Philosophy of perception
History of philosophy
Notable ideas
Critical realism (philosophy of perception)
Criticism of foundationalist epistemology (the "Myth of the Given")
Psychological nominalism
Kantian empiricism[1]
The distinction between the 'manifest' and the 'scientific' image
Logical space of reasons (the realm of the semantic)[1]
Sellarsian dilemma for foundationalism[5]
Synoptic vision[6][7]
Rylean myth[8]

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