Radical Empiricism, Critical Realism, and American Functionalism: James and Sellars

  title={Radical Empiricism, Critical Realism, and American Functionalism: James and Sellars},
  author={Gary Hatfield},
  journal={HOPOS: The Journal of the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science},
  pages={129 - 153}
  • G. Hatfield
  • Published 10 February 2015
  • Philosophy
  • HOPOS: The Journal of the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science
As British and American idealism waned, new realisms displaced them. The common background of these new realisms emphasized the problem of the external world and the mind-body problem, as bequeathed by Reid, Hamilton, and Mill. During this same period, academics on both sides of the Atlantic recognized that the natural sciences were making great strides. Responses varied. In the United States, philosophical response focused particularly on functional psychology and Darwinian adaptedness. This… 
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