Sellars's Twist on Carnap's Syntax

In Wilfrid Sellars and Twentieth-Century Philosophy. Routledge. pp. 29-54 (2018)
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This chapter explores the relation between Sellars and Carnap by focusing on Sellars’s reception of Carnap’s Logical Syntax of Language. It claims that Carnap’s book was an important source of inspiration for Sellars. He saw promise in some of Carnap’s ideas to further a theory of meaning free of the Myth of the Given, while objecting that Carnap neglects the normativity of meaning. It is argued that this neglect leads to tensions internal to Carnap’s system. Three problems are formulated which arise for any theory of meaning compatible with Carnap’s syntax. The remedy for these problems lies in a normative account of meaning.



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