Between Saying and Doing: Towards an Analytic Pragmatism

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Overview

Between Saying and Doing aims to reconcile pragmatism (in both its classical American and its Wittgensteinian forms) with analytic philosophy. It investigates the relations between the meaning of linguistic expressions and their use. Giving due weight both to what one has to do in order to count as saying various things and to what one needs to say in order to specify those doings, makes it possible to shed new light on the relations between semantics (the theory of the meanings of utterances and the contents of thoughts) and pragmatics (the theory of the functional relations among meaningful or contentful items). Among the vocabularies whose interrelated use and meaning are considered are: logical, indexical, modal, normative, and intentional vocabulary. As the argument proceeds, new ways of thinking about the classic analytic core programs of empiricism, naturalism, and functionalism are offered, as well as novel insights about the ideas of artificial intelligence, the nature of logic, and intentional relations between subjects and objects.

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"Between Saying and Doing is an enriching, enlivening book. This is the work of a generous philosopher at the height of his powers stretching readers to the height of theirs."—Times Literary Supplement
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199542871
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 6/15/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Brandom is Distinguished Service Professor of Philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh, a fellow of the Center for the Philosophy of Science, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His interests centre on philosophy of language, philosophy of mind, and the philosophy of logic. He has published more than 50 articles on these and related areas.

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Table of Contents

Preface xi

Acknowledgements xxiii

List of Abbreviations xxiv

1 Extending the Project of Analysis 1

2 Elaborating Abilities: The Expressive Role of Logic 31

3 Artifical Intelligence and Analytic Pragmatism 69

4 Modality and Normativity: From Hume and Quine to Kant and Sellars 92

5 Incompatibility, Modal Semantics, and Intrinsic Logic 117

6 Intentionality as a Pragmatically Mediated Semantic Relation 176

Afterword: Philosophical Analysis and Analytic Philosophy 201

Bibliography 236

Subject Index 241

Name Index 250

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