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Making it explicit : reasoning, representing, and discursive commitment

Author: Robert Brandom
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1994.
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Making it Explicit is an investigation into the nature of language - the social practices that distinguish us as rational, logical creatures - that revises the very terms of this inquiry. Where accounts of the relation between language and mind have traditionally rested on the concept of representation, this book sets out an alternate approach based on inference, and on a conception of certain kinds of implicit  Read more...

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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Brandom, Robert.
Making it explicit.
Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1994
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Brandom
ISBN: 067454319X 9780674543195 0674543300 9780674543300
OCLC Number: 29667963
Description: xxv, 741 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: 1. Toward a Normative Pragmatics --
2. Toward an Inferential Semantics --
3. Linguistic Practice and Discursive Commitment --
4. Perception and Action: The Conferral of Empirical and Practical Conceptual Content --
5. The Expressive Role of Traditional Semantic Vocabulary: 'True' and 'Refers' --
6. Substitution: What Are Singular Terms, and Why Are There Any? --
7. Anaphora: The Structure of Token Repeatables --
8. Ascribing Propositional Attitudes: The Social Route from Reasoning to Representing --
9. Conclusion.
Responsibility: Robert B. Brandom.


This text examines the nature of language from the perspective of inference rather than representation. It proposes a theory that renders linguistic "meaning" in terms of "use", explaining how  Read more...


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Making It Explicit has already developed a justified reputation as a major contribution to the philosophy of language. It takes the traditional ill-fitting story of the relationship between language Read more...

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