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Reason in Philosophy: Animating Ideas 1st Edition

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This work is a formidable achievement that demonstrates deep historical knowledge and awesome hermeneutic and systematic philosophical powers that, in this degree, are conjoined at best in a handful of people alive. This is in every way a superior work of philosophy, and shows why Robert Brandom holds a singular position in the discipline worldwide. (Sebastian Rödl, Universität Basel.)

This book represents a new collection of papers by one of the most important systematic philosophical thinkers of our time. As such it will be welcomed by those already familiar with Brandom's thought. At the same time, by connecting his views to familiar historical themes, Brandom has provided what is, to my mind, the most accessible route into his often dauntingly complex ideas, a route strongly recommended to those new to his work. (Mark Lance, Georgetown University)

[An] important book...Brandom is an important philosopher with astonishingly systematic scope. (Jon Cogburn Journal of Value Inquiry 2011-12-01)

Brandom is one of the great, original thinkers of our era, and this book is vintage Brandom...Brandom demonstrates how some central ideas of the idealism of Kant and Hegel have retained their power to animate receptive and imaginative philosophical minds even today. (Arto Laitinen Metapsychology 2010-07-17)

Reason in Philosophy provides the first systematic, comprehensive, and accessible introduction to the work of Brandom, one of the most influential philosophers working in metaphysics and epistemology today. This exciting collection of essays delivers a powerful, elegant argument for a version of a currently unfashionable view--a transcendentally inflected rationalism--and also provides readers with a mature philosopher's carefully reasoned, fully felt philosophical framework. (K. Doran Choice 2010-06-01)

Brandom's expertise ranges over a bewildering array of topics, from philosophical logic and semantics to cognitive science and political philosophy, and his ability to integrate positions in these areas within a single philosophical framework is remarkable. (Nicholas Smith The Philosopher’s Magazine 2010-04-01)

About the Author

Robert B. Brandom is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and Fellow of the Center for Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Belknap Press; 1 edition (October 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 067403449X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0674034495
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.9 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,684,969 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In this book, Robert Brandom focuses on the 18th century German philosopher Immanuel Kant's epistemological shift from what Brandom describes as a descriptive paradigm to a normative one. What we can know, on this normative view, is a function of what we can say, that is, what we are equipped to say, and, for Kant, Brandom tells us, this depends on the ways in which our thinking processes work. For Brandom it is here that we can find the precursor to the later pragmatic turn in philosophy, as exemplified by the American pragmatists Peirce, James and Dewey and as later found in Wittgenstein and even Heiddegger. For Brandom the line of thinking begun by Kant took more definitive form and saw substantial improvement in the work of Hegel who added to Kant's picture the idea of intersubjectivity, of knowing as doing within the context of a community understood as the interplay of separate subjects in joint enterprises with a history that is known by and matters to its participants and so informs their present and future behaviors. We are not only engaged with our contemporaries but with those who came before us and will come after .

His arguments as to Hegel's contributions to the initial Kantian revolutionary idea of knowing as doing are interesting, but it's his argument that the ordinary discursive ways we have of speaking about things, which express our intentionality (knowing about things), depend on knowing how to speak and operate in the world, that is most intriguing, I believe. Here he seems to be saying that, behind the logic we ordinarily recognize re: making assertions (with their true and false relations), there is also a logic, a deeper logic, of behavior itself, i.e.
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Brandom's most accessible and philosophically inspiring book, Reason in Philosophy explicates the implications of his earlier work for social, political, and other domains of philosophy in a way that is far more accessible than anything he has written to date. Of even greater interest, this book includes essays on philosophy itself ... what it means, its political relevance, etc., that are inspiring must reads for everyone engaged in philosophical inquiry.
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