the sense impression inference
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Posted Oct 1, 2011 - 10:06 AM:
Subject: the sense impression inference
In various articles, lectures, and books, but especially Empiricism and the Philosophy of Mind and Science and Metaphysics, Sellars advances several theses about sense impressions and the so-called sense impression inference. The two primary theses are:
In addition, Sellars advances several subsidiary theses. Among these are:
Given the totality of Sellar's discussion of sense impressions, perceptions and conceptual representation, the latter propositions follow straightforwardly from the former, and are guaranteed if the former are. Sellars spends considerable time arguing for and explaining the latter propositions. However, I'm having difficulty locating passages where (1) is argued as necessary rather than merely plausible. I take it that Sellars assumes the validity of the so-called subtractive argument from descriptive content in Empiricism and the Philosophy of Mind in the majority of his later works. What I'm looking for are sources apart from Empiricism and the Philosophy of Mind in which Sellars explicitly argues for thesis (1), or something approximating (1).
Edited by quickly on Oct 1, 2011 - 12:16 PM. Reason: atrocious grammar
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