Philosophical Studies

, Volume 174, Issue 7, pp 1643–1654 | Cite as

Hegelian Spirits in Sellarsian bottles

  • Willem A. deVriesEmail author


Though Wilfrid Sellars portrayed himself as a latter-day Kantian, I argue here that he was at least as much a Hegelian. Several themes Sellars shares with Hegel are investigated: the sociality and normativity of the intentional, categorial change, the rejection of the given, and especially their denial of an unknowable thing-in-itself. They are also united by an emphasis on the unity of things—the belief that things do “hang together.” Hegel’s unity is idealist; Sellars’ is physicalist; the differences are substantial, but so are the resonances.


Wilfrid Sellars G. W. F. Hegel Idealism Realism Categorial change Normativity 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Philosophy DepartmentUniversity of New HampshireDurhamUSA

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