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Durkheim, Sellars, and the Origins of Collective Intentionality (2015)


Wilfrid Sellars read and annotated Celestine Bouglé’s Evolution of Values, translated by his mother with an introduction by his father (1926). The book expounded Émile Durkheim's account of morality and elaborated his account of origins of value in collective social life. Sellars replaced elements of this account in constructing his own conception of the relationship between the normative and community, but preserved a central one: the idea that conflicting collective and individual intentions could be found in the same person. These notoriously opaque arguments, which seek to save an element of rationalism from social explanation while granting the claims of behavioural science, are illuminated by comparing them to their original Durkheimian form.

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Authors & Contributors
Jenks, Chris
Smith, John A.
Marsonet, Michele
Rutherford, Alexandra
Halais, Emmanuel
Foschi, Renato
Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences
British Journal for the History of Philosophy
Acta Philosophica
Bochumer Philosophisches Jahrbuch fur Antike und Mittelalter
History of the Human Sciences
Historical Journal
Cambridge University Press
Presses Universitaires de France
Yale University Press
Pickering & Chatto
University of California, Santa Cruz
Behavioral sciences
Science and culture
Social sciences
Sellars, Wilfrid
Durkheim, Émile
James, William
Wittgenstein, Ludwig
Montessori, Maria
Moore, G. E.
Time Periods
20th century, early
20th century
19th century
20th century, late
Rome (Italy)
United States
Great Britain
University of Chicago

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