Wilfrid Sellars and the Foundations of Normativity

2017.09.20 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Peter Olen, Wilfrid Sellars and the Foundations of Normativity, Palgrave Macmillan, 2016, 240pp., $109.00, ISBN
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2017.09.20 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Peter Olen, Wilfrid Sellars and the Foundations of Normativity, Palgrave Macmillan, 2016, 240pp., $109.00, ISBN 9781137527165. Reviewed by Jeremy Randel Koons, Georgetown University in Qatar There has been little (if any) systematic work on Wilfrid Sellars's early period, or on the relation between his early and mature work. Thus, Peter Olen's book is a welcome contribution to Sellars scholarship, one that not only promotes an understanding of Sellars's early work, but which (by tracing the path from Sellars's early to his mature work) can deepen one's understanding of Sellars's mature philosophy and metaphilosophy. As Olen notes in this instructive and well-researched work, most Sellars scholars simply treat the ideas and concepts in his early years as continuous with those in his later work. Olen argues that this is a mistake and that by looking at the historical roots of Sellars's... Read More

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