Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

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Sellars, Wilfrid
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Theory/SellarsVsQuine: the database itself is part of the theory. Sensory impressions or sense stimulations are we Sellars quasi-theoretical entities of an everyday theory of perception.
Theory/language: the language of the scientific world view must preserve the basic structures of the everyday world view. For example, colors are homogeneous properties. (But not according to the scientific image).
So Sellars later creates the concept of Sensa, which only occurs in sentient organisms. Where the ordinary human perceives something blue, on the side of science occurs the sensum. Sensa themselves are not colored, just as the states of feeling are. Colored alone are the objects of the everyday world. Also not the physical objects. Otherwise one would have to isolate a colored surface and ask for its thickness, which leads to contradictions.
I 74
Reification of the methodological distinction between theoretical and non-theoretical discourse, incorrect substantive distinction between theoretical and non-theoretical existence.
I 85f
Theory/tradition: thesis a theory explains laws by deriving theoretical correlations of these laws from a small amount of postulates about hidden entities. - SellarsVsTradition: the assumptions of a theory are not formed by an uninterpreted calculus, but by a model. - ((S) uninterpreted: because supported by unobservable.) - Definition Model/Sellars: the description of a range of known objects that behave in the usual way. - A model gets a comment. - This restricts analogies. - Sellars: continuous transition to the everyday world.
I 87
SellarsVs logistical picture of forming theories: most explanations did not arise from the head of the theorists as a finished product. Between science and everyday life, there is a continuous transition. The distinction between theory language and observation language belongs to the logic of the terms of inner episodes.
I 100
The entities imported from the theory are states of the perceiving subject, not a class of individual objects.

Sell I
W. Sellars
Der Empirismus und die Philosophie des Geistes Paderborn 1999

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