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Wilfrid Stalker Sellars (May 20, 1912 - July 2, 1989) was an American philosopher. His father was the Canadian-American philosopher Roy Wood Sellars, a leading American philosophical naturalist in the first half of the twentieth-century. Wilfrid was educated at the University of Michigan (BA 1933), the University of Buffalo, and Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar, obtaining his highest earned degree, an MA, in 1940. During WWII, he served in military intelligence. He then taught at the University of Iowa, the University of Minnesota, Yale University, and from 1963 until his death, at the University of Pittsburgh.

Sellars is best known as a critic of foundationalist epistemology, but his philosophical works are more generally directed toward the ultimate goal of reconciling intuitive ways of describing the world (both those of common sense and traditional philosophy) with a thoroughly naturalist, scientific account of reality. He is widely regarded both for great sophistication of argument and for his assimilation of many and diverse subjects in pursuit of a synoptic vision. Sellars was perhaps the first philosopher to synthesize elements of American pragmatism with elements of British and American analytic philosophy and Austrian and German logical positivism. His work also reflects a sustained engagement with the German tradition of transcendental idealism, most obviously in his book Science and Metaphysics: Kantian Variations.

Robert Brandom, his junior colleague at Pittsburgh, named Sellars and Willard van Orman Quine as the two most profound and important philosophers of their generation. Sellars' goal of a synoptic philosophy that unites the everyday and scientific views of reality is the foundation and archetype of what is sometimes called the "Pittsburgh School", whose members include Brandom, John McDowell, and John Haugeland.

Other philosophers strongly influenced by Sellars span the full spectrum of contemporary English-speaking philosophy, from neopragmatism (Richard Rorty) to eliminative materialism (Paul Churchland) to rationalism (Laurence BonJour). Sellars' philosophical heirs also include Hector-Neri Castaneda, Bruce Aune, Jay Rosenberg, Johanna Seibt, Matthew Burstein, Andrew Chrucky, Jeffrey Sicha, Pedro Amaral, Thomas Vinci, Willem A. de Vries, and Michael Williams.

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Total Books: 27
In the Space of Reasons Selected Essays of Wilfrid Sellars
2007 - In the Space of Reasons Selected Essays of Wilfrid Sellars (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780674024984
ISBN-10: 0674024982
Genre: Nonfiction
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La filosofia e l'immagine scientifica dell'uomo
2007 - La Filosofia E L'immagine Scientifica Dell'uomo (Other)
ISBN-13: 9788860811936
ISBN-10: 8860811937
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Kant And Pre-Kantian Themes Lectures By Wilfrid Sellars
2002 - Kant and Pre-kantian Themes Lectures By Wilfrid Sellars (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780924922343
ISBN-10: 0924922346
Genre: Nonfiction
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Knowledge Mind and the Given  Reading Wilfrid Sellars's Empiricism and the Philosophy of Mind Including the Complete Text of Sellars's Essay
Heil Hitler Herr Lehrer Kindheit in Deutschland 1933-1939
2000 - Heil Hitler Herr Lehrer Kindheit in Deutschland 1933-1939 (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9783933336125
ISBN-10: 3933336120
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Wilfrid Sellars Der Empirismus und die Philosophie des Geistes
1999 - Wilfrid Sellars Der Empirismus Und Die Philosophie Des Geistes (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9783897850897
ISBN-10: 3897850893
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Empiricism and the Philosophy of Mind
1997 - Empiricism and the Philosophy of Mind [Orig Pub in Minnesota Studies in the Philosophy of Science, Vol 1, ed. Herbert Feigl, 1956] (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780674251540
ISBN-10: 0674251547
Genre: Nonfiction
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Science and Metaphysics Variations on Kantian Themes
1993 - Science and Metaphysics Variations on Kantian Themes (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780924922114
ISBN-10: 0924922117
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Science Perception and Reality
1991 - Science Perception and Reality (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780924922008
ISBN-10: 0924922001
Genre: Travel
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Naturalism and Ontology
1980 - Naturalism and Ontology (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780917930164
ISBN-10: 0917930169
Genre: Nonfiction
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Pure Pragmatics and Possible Worlds The Early Essays of Wilfred Sellers
Pure Pragmatics  Possible Worlds The Early Essays of Wilfrid Sellars
1980 - Pure Pragmatics Possible Worlds the Early Essays of Wilfrid Sellars (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780917930065
ISBN-10: 0917930061
Genre: Reference
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Essays in Philosophy and Its History
1974 - Essays in Philosophy and Its History [Philosophical Studies Series] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9789027705266
ISBN-10: 9027705267
Genres: Nonfiction, Science & Math
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Philosophical Perspectives History of Philosophy
Philosophical Perspectives History of Philosophy (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780917930041
ISBN-10: 0917930045
Genre: Nonfiction
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