Roy SellarsIn hmolscience, Roy Sellars (1880-1973) was a Canadian-born American philosopher noted for []

In 1925, Sellars, in his Evolutionary Naturalism, outlined his evolution objections, one of which was an objection to the supposition that evolution is random. [1]

In 1944, Sellars, in his “Reformed Materialism and Intrinsic Endurance”, was attempting to sell an ontic opening argument, which he termed “immanent causality”, a statement of which is as follows:

“The drift of my own thought has been in the direction of a reformed materialism less dominated by extreme atomism and strict mechanical notions than has usually been the case in materialism. Recognition is given to internal relations, to integration, to immanent causality, to emergence and local wholeness. At the same time, epistemological reflection has convinced me that material systems have far more to them than is grasped by abstract scientific knowledge about their composition and properties. Dualistic traditions have been hurtful here. Likewise injurious has been the human denial of causal agency. It is my opinion that we must think more along the lines of a reformed notion of substantive being fully capable of doing justice to becoming, events, and process.”

In 1956, Judson Herrick, in his The Evolution of Human Nature, was using Sellars immanent causality theory, to salvage his theological beliefs, to argue that a human is a “free moral agent” and that nature has a freedom-infused determinism that is not pre-determined, in a bend-over-backward incorrigible way. [2]

1. Sellars, Roy W. (1922). Evolutionary Naturalism (§15: Mechanism, Teleology, and Purpose, pgs. 320-; random, pg. 338). Open Court Publishing.
2. Herrick, C. Judson. (1956). The Evolution of Human Nature (abs) (pgs. 211-12). University of Texas Press.

External links
Roy Wood Sellars – Wikipedia.
Roy Wood Sellars – Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy.

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