This is the reading for Saturday, June 15th’s meeting. As usual, we will meet at 4:00 in the Dunkin Donuts meeting room outside exit 6 of Gangnam Station.
Sellars argues that there are two competing images humans have of themselves and the world. The manifest image tell us that the world really is the way it appears; the world is explainable as a series of empirically perceivable, manifest objects. Humans are explainable through perceivable psychological objects such as thoughts, desires and beliefs. The scientific image, on the other hand, insists that the world is not the way it appears. Rather than the world being a series of basically perceivable objects like tables, the real truth of the world is that these perceivable, manifest objects are underlaid by unperceived objects that we theoretically postulate: atoms, or super strings, or something else. As for the human, rather than being fundamentally explainable via perceptible thoughts and intentions, it is actually a neurophysiological system. Sellars believes that these two competing images can actually be brought together in a synoptic image.