Article published in:The Pragmatics of Making it Explicit
Edited by Pirmin Stekeler-Weithofer
[Benjamins Current Topics 15] 2008
► pp. 109–126
Motivating inferentialism: Comments on Making it Explicit (Ch. 2)
Brandom’s attempt to motivate inferentialism is found wanting on a number of grounds, including a scepticism about how much recommendation for inferentialism can be derived from the evident unsatisfactoriness of the representationalism Brandom contrasts it with, which seems to be a straw man. Brandom’s appeal to authorities (Sellars, Frege, Dummett) falls flat; in particular, his reading of Frege’s early work as inferentialist in Brandom’s sense is a misinterpretation. Given the programmatic character of Brandom’s recommendation for inferentialism, the quality of the motivation he offers for it matters more than he has acknowledged.
Keywords: Begriffsschrift, conditional, deontic structure, formalism, foundationalism, Frege, inferentialist, Kant, linear explanation, pragmatism, representationalism, semantic self-consciousness, sociality
Published online: 29 October 2008
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