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Sellars and Quine on Empiricism and Conceptual Truth (2017)


I compare Sellars’s criticism of the ‘myth of the given’ with Quine’s criticism of the ‘two dogmas’ of empiricism, that is, the analytic–synthetic distinction and reductionism. In Sections I to III, I present Quine’s and Sellars’s views. In IV to X, I discuss similarities and differences in their views. In XI to XII, I show that Sellars’s arguments against the ‘myth of the given’ are incompatible with Quine’s rejection of the analytic–synthetic distinction.

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Authors & Contributors
DeVries, Willem A.
Olen, Peter
Triplett, Timm
Marsonet, Michele
Zanet, Giancarlo
Epple, Moritz
British Journal for the History of Philosophy
Acta Philosophica
European Legacy
Historical Journal
Perspectives on Science
Carocci Editore
Hackett Publishing Company
Parerga Verlag
IF Press
Philosophy of science
Naturalism (philosophy)
Pragmatism; instrumentalism
Sellars, Wilfrid
Quine, Willard Van Orman
Carnap, Rudolf
Hausdorff, Felix
Einstein, Albert
Schlick, Moritz
Time Periods
20th century
20th century, early
21st century
20th century, late
United States
Vienna Circle

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