Sellars vs. McDowell on the Structure of Sensory Consciousness

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Willem A. deVries

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I argue that John McDowell’s attempt to refute Wilfrid Sellars’s two-component analysis of perceptual experience and substitute for it a conception according to which perceptual experience is the “conceptual shaping of sensory consciousness” fails. McDowell does not recognize the subtle dialectic in Sellars’s thought between transcendental and empirical considerations in favor of a substantive conception of sense impressions, and McDowell’s own proposal seems to empty the notion of sensory consciousness of any real significance.

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deVries, Willem A. 2010. “Sellars Vs. McDowell on the Structure of Sensory Consciousness”. Diametros, no. 27 (March), 47-63. https://doi.org/10.13153/diam.27.2011.427.
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Special topic – Perspectives on Experience – Kant and Contemporary Analytic Philosophy
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Willem A. deVries, University of New Hampshire

Willem A. deVries is Professor of Philosophy at the University of New Hampshire. He has published and edited several books on Wilfrid Sellars, a book on Hegel’s theory of mental activity, and a number of articles on a range of topics.
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