Title

Durkheim, Sellars, and the Origins of Collective Intentionality

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2015

Keywords

Emile Durkheim, Wilfrid Sellars, Roy Wood Sellars, collective intentionality, normativity

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

https://doi.org/10.1080/09608788.2015.1039483

Abstract

Wilfrid Sellars read and annotated Celestine Bouglé’s Evolution of Values, translated by his mother with an introduction by his father (1926). The book expounded Émile Durkheim's account of morality and elaborated his account of origins of value in collective social life. Sellars replaced elements of this account in constructing his own conception of the relationship between the normative and community, but preserved a central one: the idea that conflicting collective and individual intentions could be found in the same person. These notoriously opaque arguments, which seek to save an element of rationalism from social explanation while granting the claims of behavioural science, are illuminated by comparing them to their original Durkheimian form.

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Citation / Publisher Attribution

British Journal for the History of Philosophy, v. 23, issue 5, p. 954-975

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