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Brandom's Two-Ply Error

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEmpiricism, Perceptual Knowledge, Normativity and Realism
Subtitle of host publicationEssays on Wilfrid Sellars
EditorsWillem de Vries
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherOUP
Pages131-145
Number of pages15
Volumechapter 5
Edition1
ISBN (Print)978-0-19-957330-1, 0199573301
Publication statusPublished - 2010

Abstract


Robert Brandom’s discussion of Sellars’s two-ply account of observation in his Tales of the Mighty Dead makes several crucial errors that would make Sellars’s analysis of “looks”-sentences incoherent. Brandom does not recognise the difference in “level” between observation reports concerning physical objects and “looks”-reports, and he denies that “looks”-sentences are reports or even make claims. We argue that a careful reading of Empiricism and the Philosophy of Mind does not support Brandom’s interpretation, and show how to read Sellars properly on the analysis of such sentences.

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