Reasons : An Introduction to Inferentialism
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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By William J. Greenberg,
Associate Professor, Department of
English, College of Humanities University of Puerto
Rico, Río Piedras.
In these papers, the simple form of the pure theory of identity is subordinated to a complex form
whose background ontology is one of structured individuals. In the complex form, the usual axioms
proceed from principles more basic; the difference between (true) "a=b" and "a=a" supervenes on
features of a and b; and some identicals are modally discernible. (UCLA Ph.D. Dissertation,
1982; published in the Garland Series Outstanding Dissertations in
Other works by Greenberg:
Arché (the ancient Greek for 'first principle' or
'fundamental premise') is a new research centre within the School of Philosophical and
Anthropological Studies. Its goal is the promotion and publication of research of the
highest quality informal and philosophical logic, philosophy of language, philosophy of
mathematics and philosophy of mind. Director, Professor Crispin Wright FBA,
Leverhulme Research Professor; Deputy Director, Dr. Fraser MacBride.
From Michigan State University and Wayne State University.
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An amazing website by Robert Beard.
Includes 171 different language dictionaries!
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