Sellar's Myth of the Given

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Many empiricists claim that there is a sort of knowledge that is directed towards our consciousness and this knowledge is assumed to be the ‘given.’ The given which is held in all of us has access that is highly privileged and presupposes no learning and no prior form of associations. It provides the foundation and first layer for empirical knowledge. The knowledge that is gained through experience and pure reason. Empirical knowledge comes from observation. I will argue in favor of Sellars’ rejection of the Given; that the Myth of the Given is truly untenable. Wilfrid Sellars labeled the existence of such knowledge as “the Myth of the Given.” When calling something a myth then that would mean that it does not exist at all. Sellars rejected all the arguments that were in favor that were put forward in supporting the existence of the given and claims that empirical knowledge, which has been dictated as rational and has no need for the given. His position in disregarding the given has been constituted as the main focus of the philosopher’s career. Let’s delve straight into why Sellars decided to dismiss the given. Sellars rejected the idea that knowledge is given. The Myth of the Given plays on the notion that knowledge is either ‘basic’ or ‘given’. Here is an example: If you do not possess the concept of something being blue then you cannot speak of. The true judgement that contains the term blue has the ability to recognize something that looks blue, presupposes the

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