Identifying and Reconciling Two Images of “Man”

  • David Hodgson Recently retired as a Judge of Appeal of the Supreme Court of NSW, Australia
Keywords: Wilfred Sellars, manifest image, scientific image


Fifty years ago the philosopher Wilfred Sellars identified two images of “man”, which he called respectively the “manifest image” and the “scientific image”; and he considered whether and how these two images could be reconciled. In this paper, I will very briefly look at the distinction drawn by Sellars and at his suggestions for reconciliation of these images. I will suggest that a broad distinction as suggested by Sellars can indeed usefully be drawn, but that the distinction can be more helpfully characterised than it was by Sellars. I will argue that there are more ways of reconciling the two images than those proposed by Sellars. And I will elaborate on what I think are the most promising lines along which the reconciliation could take place.

How to Cite
Hodgson, D. (2012). Identifying and Reconciling Two Images of “Man”. HUMANA.MENTE Journal of Philosophical Studies, 5(21), 45-56. Retrieved from