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Articulating Reasons

An Introduction to Inferentialism

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$36.50 • £29.95 • €33.00

ISBN 9780674006928

Publication Date: 10/15/2001

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240 pages

5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches

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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.

Awards & Accolades

  • 2001 ForeWord Book of the Year Award, Philosophy Category
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