Robert Brandom's Normative Inferentialism
Giacomo Turbanti | University of Pisa
The philosophy of language of Robert Brandom is based on a theoretical structure composed of three main elements: the normative analysis of linguistic practices, the inferential characterization of conceptual contents and the expressive articulation of the relations between the former two. Normative pragmatics aims to explain how linguistic practices are sufficient to confer contentful states in those who engage in them. Inferential semantics provides a theory of such pragmatic significances in terms of the inferential relations that articulate conceptual contents. Rational expressivism is the thesis that concept application is essentially a process of turning something that can only be done into something that can also be said. Such a threefold structure is the core of normative inferentialism. This book is a concise, self-contained and comprehensive presentation of this philosophical enterprise. It guides the reader through the analysis of Brandom's imposing theoretical apparatus, the discovery of the roots of his approach in American pragmatism and German idealism, till the exploration of some of its most interesting and recent outcomes in pragmatics and semantics. It is a valuable resource for both those who approach Brandom's work for the first time and those who are interested in the potential of normative inferentialism.
[Pragmatics & Beyond New Series, 280] 2017. xi, 245 pp.
Publishing status: Available
© John Benjamins
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. The grounds of pragmatic significance
Chapter 3. The articulation of conceptual content
Chapter 4. Incompatibility semantics
Chapter 5. Exploring incompatibility
Chapter 6. From inferentialism to idealism, and back
Chapter 7. Conclusions
Index of names
Index of subjects
“I enjoyed reading this book, and have learned much from it. The text is generally written in a lucid, engaging style, and shows evidence of wide and deep study not only of RB’s work but in the mainstream C20 traditions of philosophy of language and semantic/pragmatic theory. Readers who are less familiar with RB’s antecedents and foils in these traditions will benefit from GT’s careful exposition and critique of their respective positions.”
Rodger Kibble, University of London, on Linguist List 29.4855
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Main BIC Subject
CFG: Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis
Main BISAC Subject
LAN016000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Semantics