© 1974

Essays in Philosophy and Its History


Part of the Philosophical Studies Series in Philosophy book series (PSSP, volume 2)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIII
  2. Part One

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Wifrid Sellars
      Pages 3-26
    3. Wifrid Sellars
      Pages 27-43
  3. Part Two

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 91-91
    2. Wifrid Sellars
      Pages 93-117
    3. Wifrid Sellars
      Pages 118-127
    4. Wifrid Sellars
      Pages 128-147
    5. Wifrid Sellars
      Pages 148-171
    6. Wifrid Sellars
      Pages 172-188
    7. Wifrid Sellars
      Pages 189-213
    8. Wifrid Sellars
      Pages 214-241
  4. Part Three

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 243-243
    2. Wifrid Sellars
      Pages 245-286
    3. Wifrid Sellars
      Pages 287-317
    4. Wifrid Sellars
      Pages 318-339
  5. Part Four

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 365-365

About this book


In pulling these essays together for inclusion in one volume I do not believe that I have done them violence. Since they originally appeared at different times and places they constitute a scattered object. Never­ theless, to the author's eye they have unities of theme and development which, if they fail to give them the true identity of the book, may (to adapt a metaphor from Hume) generate those smooth and easy transi­ tions of the imagination which arouse dispositions appropriate to sur­ veying such identical objects. For the juxtaposition of historical and systematic studies I make no apology. It has been suggested, with a friendly touch of malice, that if Science and Metaphysics consists, as its subtitle proclaims, of Variations on Kantian Themes, it would be no less accurate to sub-title my historical essays 'variations on Sellars ian themes'. But this is as it should be. Phi­ losophy is a continuing dialogue with one's contemporaries, living and dead, and if one fails to see oneself in one's respondent and one's re­ spondent in oneself, there is confrontation but no dialogue. The historian, as Collingwood points out, becomes Caesar's contemporary by learning to think Caesar's thoughts. And it is because Plato thought so many of our thoughts that he is our contemporary and companion.


Bertrand Russell Immanuel Kant Plato communication concept dialogue empiricism event experience metaphor metaphysics object physics reason violence

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of PittsburghUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Essays in Philosophy and Its History
  • Authors Wilfrid Sellars
  • Series Title Philosophical Studies Series in Philosophy
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1974
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-90-277-0526-6
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-010-2293-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-010-2291-0
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIII, 462
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Philosophy of Science
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