Understanding the World and the Self Using Propositions: A Scientific Realist Approach to Knowledge
Scientific experimentation and observation has become the measuring stick by which more and more people verify and justify reality. It appears that for these men and women truth needs to become more scientific. Wilfrid Sellars hears their cry for a more reliable approach to attaining certain knowledge of reality and the self and offers what he calls the "scientific image of man." This image uses scientific experimentation and philosophical thought to develop a more comprehensive explanation of the self and the real world. This paper will explore Sellars' scientific realist approach to attaining certainty. Ultimately, Sellars says the intellectual attainment of the propositional form of an object guarantees certain knoweldge. Problems with his epistemology will also be examined. The goal of this paper is to contribute to the ongoing dialogue between theologians, philosophers and scientists as to what it means to be a human being and what reality is.
Keywords: Wilfrid Sellars, Epistemology, Propositional Form, Scientific Realism, Ultimate Homogeneity, Sensa
Theology Instructor, Theology Department, Catholic Memorial