By Robert DiSalle (auth.), Melanie Frappier, Derek Brown, Robert DiSalle (eds.)

The essays during this quantity drawback the issues of intersection among analytic philosophy and the philosophy of the precise sciences. extra accurately, it trouble connections among wisdom in arithmetic and the precise sciences, at the one hand, and the conceptual foundations of information ordinarily. Its guiding notion is that, in modern philosophy of technological know-how, there are profound difficulties of theoretical interpretation-- difficulties that go beyond either the methodological issues of normal philosophy of technological know-how, and the technical issues of philosophers of specific sciences. A fruitful method of those difficulties combines the research of clinical aspect with the type of conceptual research that's attribute of the fashionable analytic culture. Such an procedure is shared by means of those participants: a few essentially referred to as analytic philosophers, a few as philosophers of technological know-how, yet all deeply conscious that the issues of research and interpretation hyperlink those fields together.

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41 And, sure enough, no alternatives are visible except Sellars’s coherence theory of perceptual judgment: empirical rationality, we are forced to conclude, requires the truth of (PJ). I suggest, however, that the seeming necessity of the conclusion has its source not in any genuine features of empirical rationality but in Sellars’s theory of experience. It is this theory that restricts our vision and generates the appearance that empirical rationality demands (PJ). So, let us turn our examination to Sellars’s theory of experience.

34 In Empiricism and Experience, pp. 194–195, I indicate where I think Davidson’s argument falls short. ” A few pages later, near the end of his discussion, he concludes: “As I see it,. 44). By Sellars’s lights, then, naturalism helps in addressing the epistemology of perception. 35 Sellars lets each inquiry shape the outcome of the other. 4 Transitional Remarks This concludes my exposition of Sellars’s theory of perception. Before leaving the topic, I should warn the reader that, contrary to the impression my exposition may create, there is no unanimity among scholars on the proper interpretation of Sellars’s theory.

These concepts are a part of the very framework in which the inquiry into empirical rationality unfolds. I think we can lay it down as a maxim that the adequacy of an account of empirical rationality is inversely proportional to the demands it imposes on the naturalist picture. Ideally, the account should impose no demands whatsoever. With empirical rationality, as elsewhere, a good logic does not curtail our theoretical freedom but enhances it. Instead of imposing demands, a good logic shows them to be illusory.

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