Reading Brandom: On Making It Explicit

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  • Copyright: 2010-05-25
  • 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 ˘Why?÷p. 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 ˘Thought, Norms, and Discursive Practice÷p. 297
Reply to Charles Taylor's ˘Language Not Mysterious?÷p. 301
Reply to Daniel Dennett's ˘The Evolution of 'Why?'÷p. 305
Reply to Sebastian R÷dl's ˘Brandom's Theory of the Mind÷p. 309
Reply to John MacFarlane's ˘Pragmatism and Inferentialism÷p. 313
Reply to Jeremy Wanderer's ˘Brandom's Challenges÷p. 315
Reply to Mark Lance and Rebecca Kukla's ˘Perception, Language, and the First Person÷p. 316
Reply to John McDowell's ˘Brandom on Observation÷p. 320
Reply to Roland Stout's ˘Being Subject to the Rule÷p. 327
Reply to Jerry Fodor and Ernest Lepore's ˘Brandom Beleaguered÷p. 332
Reply to Danielle Macbeth's ˘Inference, Meaning, and Truth÷p. 338
Reply to Michael Dummett's ˘Should Semantics be Deflated?÷p. 342
Reply to Michael Kremer's ˘Representation or Inference÷p. 347
Reply to Bernhard Weiss's ˘What is Logic?÷p. 353
Reply to Kevin Scharp's ˘Truth and Expressive Completeness÷p. 357
Reply to Bob Hale and Crispin Wright's ˘Assertibilist Truth and Objective Content÷p. 360
Indexp. 367
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