Articulating Reasons: An Introduction to Inferentialism / Edition 1

Articulating Reasons: An Introduction to Inferentialism / Edition 1

by Robert B. Brandom, Kay Lehman Schlozman, Sidney Verba
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674006925

ISBN-13: 9780674006928

Pub. Date: 10/28/2001

Publisher: Harvard

Robert B. Brandom is one of the most original philosophers of our day, whose book Making It Explicit covered and extended a vast range of topics in metaphysics, epistemology, and philosophy of language--the very core of analytic philosophy. This new work provides an approachable introduction to the complex system that Making It Explicit mapped out. A

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Robert B. Brandom is one of the most original philosophers of our day, whose book Making It Explicit covered and extended a vast range of topics in metaphysics, epistemology, and philosophy of language--the very core of analytic philosophy. This new work provides an approachable introduction to the complex system that Making It Explicit mapped out. A tour of the earlier book's large ideas and relevant details, Articulating Reasons offers an easy entry into two of the main themes of Brandom's work: the idea that the semantic content of a sentence is determined by the norms governing inferences to and from it, and the idea that the distinctive function of logical vocabulary is to let us make our tacit inferential commitments explicit.

Brandom's work, making the move from representationalism to inferentialism, constitutes a near-Copernican shift in the philosophy of language--and the most important single development in the field in recent decades. Articulating Reasons puts this accomplishment within reach of nonphilosophers who want to understand the state of the foundations of semantics.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674006928
Publisher:
Harvard
Publication date:
10/28/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
480
Sales rank:
686,637
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.18(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction

1. Semantic Inferentialism and Logical Expressivism

2. Action, Norms, and Practical Reasoning

3. Insights and Blindspots of Reliabilism

4. What Are Singular Terms, and Why Are There Any?

5. A Social Route from Reasoning to Representing

6. Objectivity and the Normative Fine Structure of Rationality

Notes

Index

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