Article published in:The Pragmatics of Making it Explicit : On Robert B. Brandom
Edited by Pirmin Stekeler-Weithofer
[Pragmatics & Cognition 13:1] 2005
► pp. 177–201
Keeping track of individuals
Brandom’s analysis of Kripke’s puzzle and the content of belief
This paper gives attention to a special point in Brandom’s Making it Explicit. Brandom proposes in MIE a “Fregean” way out of Kripke’s puzzle about belief. In the first part, I analyze two main features of Brandom’s strategy, the definition of anaphoric chains as senses of proper names and the implausibility of the application of a disquotational principle to proper names. In the second part, I discuss (i) the problem of the stability of contents and (ii) the problem of sharing contents. I claim that Brandom’s strong holism leads to irresolvable difficulties with the concept of conceptual content as it emerges from the discussion of Kripke’s puzzle.
Keywords: idiolect, indexical, opacity, pronoun, anaphora, belief, translation, context, disquotational principle, holism
Published online: 08 August 2005
Cited by 1 other publications
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