Wilfrid Sellars, Idealism, and Realism: Understanding Psychological Nominalism

2017.05.28 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Patrick J. Reider (ed.), Wilfrid Sellars, Idealism, and Realism: Understanding Psychological Nominalism, Bloomsbury, 2016,
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2017.05.28 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Patrick J. Reider (ed.), Wilfrid Sellars, Idealism, and Realism: Understanding Psychological Nominalism, Bloomsbury, 2016, 196pp., $114.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781474238939. Reviewed by David Pereplyotchik, Kent State University Wilfrid Sellars was one of the 20th century's most important and influential Anglophone philosophers. This volume joins Rosenberg (2007), deVries (2009), Brandom (2015), O'Shea (2007, 2016), Olen (2016), and Pereplyotchik and Barnbaum (2017) as books in the last decade that critique, extend, and celebrate his work. What sets this collection apart is its thematic focus on a view that Sellars dubbed "Psychological Nominalism" (PN), explained in the key passages below. (PN1) Platonism is, . . . in its essence, a thesis in the psychology of the higher processes; . . . to reject it is to be what I shall call a psychological nominalist. . . . I shall use the term "Psychological Nominalism" to. . .

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