Sellars’ Epistemological Lexicon

Keywords: Wilfrid Sellars, ought-to-be rules, language entry transitions, epistemic powers, guidedness, conceptual response, representation


The article contextualizes the usage of the main concepts of Sellars’ philosophy and determines Sellars’ attitude to Kant’s philosophy of subjectivity. The author proves that difficulties in translation of the concepts are caused by the two conditions: (1) the complexities of Sellars’ epistemological position that tries to combine naturalism and conceptualism, and (2) his intention to improve Kant’s transcendental doctrine by introducing its linguistic interpretation. 

Author Biography

Vyacheslav Tsyba, Nizhyn Gogol State University
PhD, Lecturer, Department of History and Law Sciences


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How to Cite
Tsyba, V. (2015). Sellars’ Epistemological Lexicon. Sententiae, 33(2), 41-50.