A young Wilfrid Sellars gazes forward. The picture is an old black and white and he is in his 20's or 30's wearing a tweed jacket.

"...the fundamental principles of a community, which define what is ‘correct’ or ‘incorrect’, ‘right’ or ‘wrong’, ‘done’ or ‘not done’ are the most general common intentions of that community with respect to the behavior of members of the group."


Wilfrid Sellars,
Philosophy and the Scientific Image of Man

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.


This workshop is organized by Ronald Loeffler (Grand Valley State University, [email protected]) and Jeremy Koons (Georgetown University, [email protected]). For specific questions about the workshop please contact Ronald or Jeremy.

Poster and banner designed by Marcella Janush: [email protected]

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