Reading Brandom: On Making It Explicit

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  • Copyright: 5/25/2010
  • Publisher: Routledge
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Robert Brandom's Making It Explicit: Reasoning, Representing and Discursive Commitment is one of the most significant, talked about and daunting books published in philosophy in recent years. Featuring specially-commissioned chapters by leading international philosophers with replies by Brandom himself, Reading Brandom: On Making It Explicit is the first collection to clarify, critically appraise and further understanding of Brandom's important book.

Author Biography

Bernhard Weiss is Associate Professor in Philosophy at the University of Cape Town, and the author of How to Understand Language (2010); Michael Dummett (2002); and co-editor of Wittgenstein's Lasting Significance (2004), also published by Routledge. Jeremy Wanderer is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Cape Town, and the author of Robert Brandom (2008).

Table of Contents

Contributorsp. viii
Acknowledgementsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Normative Pragmaticsp. 13
Thought, Norms, and Discursive Practicep. 15
Language Not Mysterious?p. 32
The Evolution of ôWhy?öp. 48
Normativity of Mind versus Philosophy as Explanationp. 63
Pragmatism and Inferentialismp. 81
Brandom's Challengesp. 96
Perception, Language, and the First Personp. 115
Brandom on Observationp. 129
Being Subject to the Rule To Do What the Rules Tell You To Dop. 145
The Challenge of Inferentialismp. 157
Inferentialism and some of its Challengesp. 159
Brandom Beleagueredp. 181
Inferentialist Semanticsp. 195
Inference, Meaning, and Truth in Brandom, Sellars, and Fregep. 197
Should Semantics be Deflated?p. 213
Representation or Inference: Must We Choose? Should We?p. 227
What is Logic?p. 247
Truth and Expressive Completenessp. 262
Assertibilist Truth and Objective Content: Still Inexplicit?p. 276
Brandom's Responsesp. 295
Reply to Allan Gibbard's ôThought, Norms, and Discursive Practiceöp. 297
Reply to Charles Taylor's ôLanguage Not Mysterious?öp. 301
Reply to Daniel Dennett's ôThe Evolution of 'Why?'öp. 305
Reply to Sebastian Rödl's ôBrandom's Theory of the Mindöp. 309
Reply to John MacFarlane's ôPragmatism and Inferentialismöp. 313
Reply to Jeremy Wanderer's ôBrandom's Challengesöp. 315
Reply to Mark Lance and Rebecca Kukla's ôPerception, Language, and the First Personöp. 316
Reply to John McDowell's ôBrandom on Observationöp. 320
Reply to Roland Stout's ôBeing Subject to the Ruleöp. 327
Reply to Jerry Fodor and Ernest Lepore's ôBrandom Beleagueredöp. 332
Reply to Danielle Macbeth's ôInference, Meaning, and Truthöp. 338
Reply to Michael Dummett's ôShould Semantics be Deflated?öp. 342
Reply to Michael Kremer's ôRepresentation or Inferenceöp. 347
Reply to Bernhard Weiss's ôWhat is Logic?öp. 353
Reply to Kevin Scharp's ôTruth and Expressive Completenessöp. 357
Reply to Bob Hale and Crispin Wright's ôAssertibilist Truth and Objective Contentöp. 360
Indexp. 367
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