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The Tortoise and the Serpent: Sellars on the Structure of Empirical Knowledge

Michael Williams

in Empiricism, Perceptual Knowledge, Normativity, and Realism: Essays on Wilfrid Sellars

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780199573301
eISBN:
9780191722172
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199573301.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind, Metaphysics/Epistemology

In ‘Empiricism and the Philosophy of Mind’, (EPM) Sellars adumbrates an epistemological third way that avoids the pitfalls of the traditional alternatives — foundationalism and coherentism — while ... More


Mythology of the Given

Ernest Sosa

in Reflective Knowledge: Apt Belief and Reflective Knowledge, Volume II

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199217250
eISBN:
9780191696053
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199217250.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This chapter considers the subtle and complex epistemology developed by Wilfrid Sellars over the course of a long career. At the heart of the Myth of the Given, Sellars finds this claim: that in ... More


What is the Myth of the Given?

Johan Gersel

in In the Light of Experience: New Essays on Perception and Reasons

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
July 2018
ISBN:
9780198809630
eISBN:
9780191846908
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198809630.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology, Philosophy of Mind

McDowell defends conceptualism about experiential content by arguing that contrary views of experience are forms of the Myth of the Given. The direct realist view of experience, which rejects ... More


Why Is Sellars's Essay Called “Empiricism and the Philosophy of Mind”?

John McDowell

in Empiricism, Perceptual Knowledge, Normativity, and Realism: Essays on Wilfrid Sellars

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780199573301
eISBN:
9780191722172
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199573301.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind, Metaphysics/Epistemology

‘Empiricism and the Philosophy of Mind’ (EPM) is sometimes read as attacking empiricism in general. But Sellars's announced target is traditional empiricism. In traditional empiricism, experience ... More


Immediate Knowledge: The New Dialectic of Givenness

Jay F. Rosenberg

in Thinking about Knowing

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780199251339
eISBN:
9780191598326
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199251339.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

Discusses epistemic foundationalism. Examines the confrontation between Wilfrid Sellars's critique of the ‘Myth of the Given’ and William Alston's defence of ‘immediate knowledge’, and explores and ... More


Radical Scepticism and ‘Private’ Language

Genia Schönbaumsfeld

in The Illusion of Doubt

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
December 2016
ISBN:
9780198783947
eISBN:
9780191826597
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198783947.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This chapter shows that if we accept the view that knowledge of the facts may never be possible, then we cannot immunize knowledge of the content of ‘appearances’ against radical sceptical doubt ... More


Externalism and the Inner–Outer Distinction

Madhucchanda Sen

in Externalism and the Mental

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2015
ISBN:
9780199453603
eISBN:
9780199084623
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199453603.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

In the final chapter it is claimed that the history of the debate shows that we must give up the inner–outer distinction. This move was initiated by an anti-Cartesian line of thinking. To this extent ... More


Epistemology

Bill Brewer

in Perception and its Objects

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199260256
eISBN:
9780191725470
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199260256.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

The focus is epistemological. (OV) has certain features that may provoke concerns under the head of the Myth of the Given. An initial challenge from Sellars is set out and dealt with. An extended ... More


Travis on Frege, Kant, and the Given: Comments on ‘Unlocking the Outer World’

John McDowell

in In the Light of Experience: New Essays on Perception and Reasons

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
July 2018
ISBN:
9780198809630
eISBN:
9780191846908
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198809630.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology, Philosophy of Mind

Travis thinks my view that there is a myth, the Myth of the Given, to be avoided is based on a conception that would entail that our conceptual capacities cannot make contact with the non-conceptual. ... More


Externalism and the Mental

Madhucchanda Sen

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2015
ISBN:
9780199453603
eISBN:
9780199084623
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199453603.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

A key concern of philosophy is the mind’s relation with the world. The debate between externalism and internalism is not a new one and a great number of thinkers have contributed to it in the recent ... More


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