Ethics, Practical Reasoning, Agency: Wilfrid Sellars’ Practical Philosophy.

August 6, 2020 - August 7, 2020
Department of Philosophy, Grand Valley State University

Richard M. DeVos Center, Pew Campus, 401 Fulton Street West
Grand Rapkds 49504
United States

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  • Georgetown University in Qatar

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University of New Hampshire, Durham
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Georgetown University
Grand Valley State University
Haverford College
University College Dublin

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Georgetown University
Grand Valley State University

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Throughout his career, Wilfrid Sellars devoted much of his work to practical philosophical issues. These efforts resulted in an elaborate general theory of intentional action and practical reasoning, and an intricate ethics revolving around a theory of moral judgments as a kind of we-intention and an expressivist theory of the moral “ought.” Despite the centrality of Sellars’ practical philosophy to his overall philosophical project and deep affinities between aspects of his practical philosophy and important debates in contemporary moral and social philosophy, and the philosophy of action and practical reasoning, Sellars’ practical philosophy has thus far received relatively little scholarly attention.

The hope animating this workshop is to initiate and increase serious debate about Sellars’ practical philosophy. Topics may include (but are not limited to):

  • Sellars’ moral expressivism.
  • Sellars’ theory of we-intention.
  • Sellars’ theory of practical reasoning and agency.
  • Sellars’ theory of practical reasoning and contemporary theories of planning.
  • Sellars’ normative ethics.
  • Contemporary moral expressivism and Sellars’ practical philosophy.
  • Contemporary discussions of collective intentionality and Sellarsian we-intentions.
  • Historical influences on Sellars’ practical philosophy.
  • Sellars' practical philosophy in relation to e.g. Royce, Hare, Frankena, Aune, Castañeda, Prichard.
  • Sellars’ contribution to 20th century analytic meta-ethics.
  • Sellars’ practical philosophy in the context of his overall philosophical vision.
  • Kantian or Hegelian themes in Sellars’ practical reasoning and morality
  • Sellars’ practical philosophy and contemporary critical theory/ neo-Hegelianism/ Kantian constructivism.

We particularly welcome submissions relating Sellars’ practical philosophy to the works of Allan Gibbard and Danielle Macbeth.

We intend to publish the papers given at this workshop as a volume. Routledge has given its preliminary endorsement of such a volume.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: April 20, 2020.

Please submit paper (5,000 words max), prepared for blind review, as word document or pdf, plus a separate document indicating the title of the paper and your name, professional affiliation, and contact information, via email to Christine DeMichieli (phidept@gvsu.edu).

NOTICE OF DECISIONS: May 11, 2020.

For further inquiries about the workshop, contact Ronald Loeffler (loeffler@gvsu.edu)

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