Personal Data

Grants & Awards


Invited Chapters



Professional Affiliations

Journal Articles

Proceedings & Reviews




18 April 1942; Chicago, IL, USA






B.A., Reed College, Portland, Oregon,



M.A., University of Pittsburgh



Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh


 Employment:      University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill


Assistant Professor of Philosophy



Associate Professor of Philosophy



Professor of Philosophy



Assistant Chairman, Philosophy



Director of Graduate Studies



Chairman, Philosophy Department



Taylor Grandy Professor of Philosophy



Acting Chairman, Philosophy

Spring, 1993


Grants, Awards, and Research Appointments:


John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship




Participant, interdisziplinäre Forschungsjahr,
Zentrum für interdisziplinäre Forschung,
Universität Bielefeld, West Germany




Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship,
Heidelberg, West Germany




Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship,
Bielefeld, West Germany




Participant, Research Group Mind and Brain,
Zentrum für interdisziplinäre Forschung,
Universität Bielefeld, West Germany




Faculty Fellow, Institute for the Arts and Humanities, Chapel Hill


Fall, 1991


W. N. Reynolds Leave




Fulbright Senior Research Fellow, Universität Bielefeld, Germany




National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for University Teachers


Fall, 1999


Alexander von Humboldt Research Award
Tübingen, Bielefeld


2000, 2002-3


Professional Organizations:


American Association of University Professors


Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology


American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division


 Program Committee, 1973, 1974


 Chair,Council of Departmental Chairs, 1988-89


 Committee on International Cooperation, 1988-91


North American Kant Society


Gesellschaft für analytische Philosophie


Additional Professional Service:


Editorial Board, Philosophical Perspectives series


Editorial Board, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research


Editorial Board, Nous





Readings in the Philosophy of Language, co-edited with Charles Travis; Prentice-Hall, Inc.; Englewood Cliffs, NJ; 1971.

Linguistic Representation, D. Reidel Publishing Co.; Dordrecht, Holland; 1974.
· Pallas Paperback edition, 1978; · Second edition, 1981.

The Practice of Philosophy, Prentice-Hall, Inc.; Englewood Cliffs, NJ; 1978
· Second edition, revised and enlarged, 1984.
· Third edition, newly revised and enlarged, Prentice-Hall, Inc.; Upper Saddle River, NJ; 1996.

One World and Our Knowledge of It, D. Reidel Publishing Co.; Dordrecht, Holland; 1980.

Thinking Clearly About Death, Prentice-Hall, Inc.; Englewood Cliffs, NJ.; 1983.
· Second edition, revised and enlarged; Hackett Publishing Co.; Indianapolis, IN, and Cambridge, MA; 1998.

Philosophieren: Ein Handbuch für Anfänger, (German translation of The Practice of Philosophy, second edition); Verlag Vittorio Klostermann; Frankfurt am Main, Germany; 1986.

The Thinking Self, Temple University Press; Philadelphia, PA; 1986.

Beyond Formalism: Naming and Necessity for Human Beings, Temple University Press;
Philadelphia, PA; 1994

Three Conversations About Knowing, Hackett Publishing Co.; Indianapolis, IN, and Cambridge, MA; 2000

Thinking About Knowing, Oxford University Press; Oxford; 2002

Accessing Kant, Oxford University Press; Oxford: 2005

Wilfrid Sellars: Fusing the Images, Oxford University Press; Oxford: 2007


Invited Chapters

"The Elusiveness of Categories, the Archimedean Dilemma, and the Nature of Man", in Action, Knowledge, and Reality: Studies in Honor of Wilfrid Sellars, edited by H-N Castaneda; Bobbs-Merrill, Inc.; 1975; pp. 147-84.

Comments on Charles Landesman’s "Remarks on Reference and Action", in Issues in the Philosophy of Language, edited by A.F. MacKay and D. Merrill; Yale University Press; 1976; pp. 119-28.

"Linguistic Roles and Proper Names", in The Philosophy of Wilfrid Sellars: Queries and Extensions, edited by J. Pitt; D. Reidel Publishing Co.; 1978; pp. 189-216.

"Transcendental Arguments and Pragmatic Epistemology" in Transcendental Arguments and Science, edited by P. Bieri, R.P. Horstmann, and L. Krüger; D. Reidel Publishing Co.; 1979, pp. 245-62.

"Russell and the Form of Outer Sense", in Bertrand Russell Memorial Volume, edited by G.W. Roberts; George Allen & Unwin, Ltd.; 1979; pp. 285-303.

"On Understanding the Difficulty in Understanding Understanding", in Meaning and Understanding, edited by H. Parret and J. Bouveresse; Walter de Gruyter; 1980; pp. 29-43.

"A Note on the Ethical Implications of Psychiatric Diagnosis", in Psychiatric Diagnosis, edited by J. Agassi; Balaban International Science Services; 1981, pp. 165-74.

"Conversation and Intelligence", in Knowledge and Representation, edited by B. DeGelder; Routledge & Kegan Paul, Ltd.; 1982; pp. 155-69.

"Wilfrid Sellars’ Philosophy of Mind" in Contemporary Philosophy, 4: Philosophy of Mind, ed. by Guttorm Floistad; Martinus Nijhoff Publishers; 1983, pp. 417-39.

Bemerkungen zu "Über ‘Transzendental’" von Jürgen Mittelstrass, in Bedingungen der Möglichkeit, edited by W. Vossenkuhl and E. Schaper; Klett-Cotta-Verlag; 1984, pp. 194-98.

"Science and the Epistemic Authority of Logical Analysis, in Reason and Rationality in Natural Science, edited by N. Rescher; University Press of America; 1985, pp. 1-26.

"Castaneda’s Ontology", in Hector-Neri Castaneda, edited by J. Tomberlin; D. Reidel Publishing Co., (Dordrecht, Holland; 1986), pp. 141-166.

"’I think’: Reflections on Kant’s "Paralogisms"", in Midwest Studies in Philosophy, Vol. X: Philosophy of Mind, edited by Peter French, et al; University of Minnesota Press, (Minneapolis; 1986), pp. 496-523.

"Transzendentale Argumente und Pragmatische Erkenntnistheorie", in Analytische Philosophie der Erkenntnis, edited by Peter Bieri; Athenäum Verlag, Frankfurt am Main, West Germany, pp. 436-53. (German translation of "Transcendental Arguments and Pragmatic Epistemology", see above)

"On Not Knowing What or Who One Is: Reflections on the Intelligibility of Dualism", in Topoi, Special issue on Self-Knowledge and Self-Awareness, Willem deVries, ed., Vol. 6, (1987), pp. 55-61.

"Phenomenological Ontology Revisited: A Bergmannian Retrospective", in Philosophical Perspectives, Volume 1: Metaphysics, J. Tomberlin, ed., 1987, pp. 387-404.

"E.M. Adams and the Modern Mind: A Philosophical Rencontre", in Value Theory, Epistemology, and Metaphysics: Essays in Honor of E.M. Adams, David Weissbord, ed., Ridgeview Press, 1989.

"’Tractarian States’ and Folk Psychological Explanation", in The Future of Folk Psychology: Intentionality and Cognitive Science, J. Greenwood, ed., Cambridge University Press, 1991, pp. 226-41.

"Socrates and Philosophy", in Adventures in Ideas, Warren Nord, ed., Program in the Humanities & Human Values, (Chapel Hill, NC; 1991), pp. 31-5.

"Sellars, Wilfrid Stalker", entry in A Companion to Epistemology, J. Dancy & E. Sosa, eds., Basil Blackwell, (Oxford; 1992), pp. 470-2.

"Another Look at Proper Names", in Philosophical Perspectives, Volumes 7, Language and Logic, 1993; J. Tomberlin, ed., Ridgeview Publishing Co., (Atascadero, CA; 1993), 505-30.

"Rules and Regularities Revisited", in Language, Mind, and Art: Essays in Appreciation and Analysis in Honor of Paul Ziff, D. Jamieson, ed., Kluwer Academic Publishers (Dordrecht, Holland; 1994), pp. 23-37.

"Determinate and Determinable", "Self-Consciousness", "Sellars, Wilfrid Stalker", entries in A Companion to Metaphysics, J. Kim & E. Sosa, eds., Basil Blackwell, (Oxford, 1995), pp. 115-17, 456-59.

"The Dispute on the Indeterminacy of Translation", in Sprachphilosophie/Philosophy of Language, Vol. 2, M. Dascal et al, eds., (Walter de Gruyter; Berlin and New York: 1996), pp. 1050-57.

"On a Certain Antinomy", in Philosophical Perspectives: Vol 10; Metaphysics, 1996, J. Tomberlin, ed., Blackwell Publishers, (Cambridge, MA & Oxford; 1996), pp. 357-83.

"Kantian Schemata and the Unity of Perception", in Language and Thought, Alex Burri, ed., Walter de Gruyter Verlag, (Berlin and New York; 1997), pp. 175-90.

"Identity and Substance in Hume and Kant", Topoi, Special issue on Identity and Essence, Giuseppe Varnier, et al, eds., Vol. 19, No. 2, 2000, pp. 137-45.

"Spontaneity Unchained: An Essay in Darwinian Epistemology", in Idealismus als Theorie der Representation?, Ralph Schumacher, ed., (Mentis Verlag; Berlin: 2001), pp. 181-209.

"Sellars, Wilfrid Stalker", entry in A Companion to Analytic Philosophy, A. Martinich & D. Sosa, eds., (Blackwell Publishing Ltd; Oxford: 2001), pp. 239-53.

"How Not to Misunderstand Peirce - A Pragmatist Account of Truth", in What is Truth?, Richard Schantz, ed., Walter de Gruyter Verlag, (Berlin and New York, 2002), pp. 283-98.

“Was epistemische Externalisten vergessen”, in C. U. Moulines & K-G. Niebergall, eds., Argument und Analyse , (mentis Verlag GmbH; Paderborn, Germany: 2002), pp. 15-31.

“Sellarsian Seeing: In Search of Perceptual Authority”, in Ralph Schumacher, ed., Perception , (mentis Verlag GmbH;   Paderborn, Germany: 2003), pp. 262-85.

Comments on Mara Beller, “Neither Modernist Nor Postmodernist:  A Third Way”, in Martin Carrier, et al, eds., Knowledge and the World: Challenges Beyond the Science Wars, (Springer Verlag; Berlin, Germany: 2004), pp. 288-92.

“Ryleans and Outlookers: Wilfrid Sellars on ‘Mental States’”, in The American Philosophers, Peter A. French and Howard K. Wettstein, eds., Midwest Studies in Philosophy, 28, 2004, pp. 239-65.

“Reassessing Immortality:  The Makropulos Case Revisited”, in The Good, the Right, Life, and Death, ed. Richard Feldman, Kris McDaniel, Jason R. Raibley, and Michael J. Zimmerman (Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing, 2005).

“Scientific Values and the Value of Science”, in Martin Carrier, Don Howard, and Janet Kourany, eds., The Challenge of the Social and the Pressure of Practice: Science and Values Revisited, University of Pittsburgh Press; (Pittsburgh, PA: 2007).



Journal Articles

"New Perspectives on the Tractatus", Dialogue, IV, 4, 1966, pp. 506-17.

"Tensed Discourse and the Eliminability of Tenses", Philosophical Quarterly, Vol. 16, No. 63, 1966, pp. 146-50.

"Synonymy and the Epistemology of Linguistics", Inquiry, Vol. 10, No. 4, 1967, pp. 405-20.

"Wittgenstein’s Theory of Language as Picture", American Philosophical Quarterly, Vol. 5, No. 1, 1968, pp. 18-30.
· Reprinted in The Philosophy of Wittgenstein: The Early Philosophy -- Language as Picture,
John V. Canfield, ed., Garland Publishing, (New York; 1985)

"Bergmann on Time--Showing and Saying", Mind, Vol. LXXVII, N.S. No. 306, 1968, pp. 279-87.

"Intentionality and Self in the Tractatus", Nous, II, 4, 1968, pp. 341-58.
· Reprinted in The Philosophy of Wittgenstein: "My World and Its Value", John V. Canfield, ed., Garland Publishing, (New York; 1985)

"Notes on Goodman’s Nominalism", Philosophical Studies, XXI, 1-2, 1970, pp. 19-24.

"Wittgenstein’s Self-Criticisms, or ‘Whatever Happened to the Picture Theory?", Nous, IV, 3, 1970, pp. 209-23.

"The Problem of Evil Revisited—A Reply to Schlesinger", Journal of Value Inquiry, IV, 1970, pp. 212-18.

"What’s Happening in Philosophy of Language Today—A Metaphysician’s-Eye View", American Philosophical Quarterly, 9, 1, 1972, pp. 101-6.

"Russell on Negative Facts", Nous, VI, 1, 1972, pp. 27-40.

"One Way of Understanding Time", Philosophia, 2, 4, 1972, pp. 283-301.

"How to Talk About Pigs", Canadian Journal of Philosophy, III, 3, 1974, pp. 389-403.

"The ‘Given’ and How to Take It—Some Reflections on Phenomenal Ontology", Metaphilosophy, 6, 3-4, 1975, pp. 303-37.

"Transcendental Arguments Revisited", Journal of Philosophy, LXXII, 18, 1975, pp. 611-24.
· Reprinted in Kant: Critical Assessments, edited by Ruth Chadwick; Routledge; 1992.

"The Concept of Linguistic Correctness", Philosophical Studies, 30, 1976, pp. 171-84.

"Reply to Stroud", Philosophical Studies, 31, 1977, pp. 117-21.

"Speaking Lions", Canadian Journal of Philosophy, VII, 1, 1977, pp. 155-60.

"On Strawson: Sounds, Skepticism, and Necessity", Philosophia, 8, 1-2, 1978, pp. 405-19.

"Coupling, Retheoretization, and the Correspondence Principle", Synthese, 45, 1980, pp. 351-85.

"Apperception and Sartre’s ‘Pre-Reflective Cogito’", American Philosophical Quarterly, 18, 3, 1981, pp. 255-9.

"Philosophy’s Self-Image: A Reply to Rorty", Analyse & Kritik, 4, 1982, pp. 114-28.

"The Place of Color in the Scheme of Things: A Roadmap to Sellars Carus Lectures", The Monist, 65, 3, 1982.

"Bodies, Corpses, and Chunks of Matter—A Reply to Carter", Mind, Vol. XCIII, 1984, pp. 419-22.

"Die Autorität der logischen Analyse—Einige Provokationen", Neue Hefte für Philosophie, 26, 1986, pp. 69-88.

"About Competence and Performance", Philosophical Papers, Vol. XVII, No. 1, 1988, pp. 33-49.

"Comparing the Incommensurable: Another Look at Convergent Realism", Philosophical Studies, 54, 1988, pp. 163-193.

"Why the Theory of Knowledge Isn’t the Same as Epistemology and What It Might Be Instead", Philosophical Papers, XVIII, 2, 1989, pp. 173-180.

"Fusing the Images: Nachruf for Wilfrid Sellars", Journal for General Philosophy of Science (Zeitschrift für allgemeine Wissenschaftstheorie), Vol. XXI, No. 1, 1990, pp. 3-25.

"Treating Connectionism Properly: Reflections on Smolensky", Psychological Research, 52, 1990, pp. 163-74.

"Connectionism and Cognition", Acta Analytica, No. 6, December 1990, pp. 33-46.
· Reprinted in Mind Design, 2nd edition, edited by John Haugeland, 1996.

"Raiders of the Lost Distinction: Richard Rorty and the Search for the Last Dichotomy", Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, Vol. 53, No. 1, 1993, pp. 195-214.

"Comments on Peter van Inwagen’s Material Beings", Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, 53, 1993, pp. 701-8.

"Comments on Bechtel, "Levels of Description and Explanation in Cognitive Science"", Minds & Machines, 4, 1, 1994, pp. 27-37.

"Rules and Realism Redux: A Reply to Hanna", Philosophia, 23, 1994, pp. 309-322.

"Brandom’s Making It Explicit, A First Encounter", Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, LVII, 1, 1996, pp. 179-87.

"Descartes’ Skeptical Argument", Logical analysis and History of philosophy, 1, 1998, pp. 209-32.

"Kant and the Problem of Simultaneous Causation", International Journal of Philosophical Studies, 6 (2), 1998, pp. 167-88.

"The Identity of Indiscernibles: Some Tractarian Reflections", Acta Analytica, 21, 1998, pp. 11-29.

"Scrutinizing a Trade", Philosophical Issues, 10, 2000, pp. 58-66. Spanish translation: "Comentarios sobre 'Contextualismo y externismo' de Robert Fogelin", Teorema, 19, 2000, pp. 71-9.

"Perception and Inner Sense: A Problem about Direct Awareness", Philosophical Studies, 101, 2000, pp. 143-60.

"Wilfrid Sellars und die Theorie-Theorie", Deutsche Zeitschrift für Philosophie, 48, 2000, pp. 639-655.

“Red Triangles and Speckled Hens: Critical Notice of BonJour and Sosa on Epistemic Justification”, International Journal of Philosophical Studies, 12, 2004, pp. 463-77.

Philosophy:  What is to be Done? — Bleak Prospects”, Topoi, 25, 2006, pp. 97-99.

“Still mythic after all those years: On Alston’s latest defense of the Given”, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, 72, 1, 2006, pp. 177-93.



"Comments on Markku Leppäkoski, ‘The Transcendental Schemata’", Proceedings of the Eighth International Kant Congress, Vol. I, Part 3, ed. Hoke Robinson, Marquette University Press, (Marquette, MI; 1996), pp. 1341-45.

“Troubles for Truth-Tracking: A New Look at Some Old Scenarios”, in, Löffler, W. and P. Weingartner, eds., Knowledge and Belief: Proceedings of the 26th International Wittgenstein Symposium, 2004.


Nicholas Wolterstorff, On Universals, Philosophical Review, LXXXI, 3, 1972, pp. 382-7.

Panayot Butchvarov, Being qua Being, Nous, 16, 1982, pp. 143-49.

Nelson Goodman, Ways of Worldmaking, Nous, 16, 1982, pp. 307-11.

Hector-Neri Castaneda, On Philosophical Method, Philosophical Review, 91, 1982, pp. 307-11.

Ruth Garrett Millikan, Language, Thought, and Other Biological Categories, Nous, 21, 1987, pp. 430-434.

David Papineau, Reality and Representation, Philosophical Review, 100, 1991, pp. 109-11.

Johanna Seibt, Properties as Processes: A Synoptic Study of Wilfrid Sellars’ Nominalism, Mind, 100, 2, 1991, pp. 305-8.

“Not Just for the Armchair”, review of The Future for Philosophy, ed. Brian Leiter, (Clarendon Press; Oxford: 2004), The Times Literary Supplement, 30 Sept 2005.