Between Saying and Doing: Towards an Analytic Pragmatism Illustrated Edition
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"Between Saying and Doing is an enriching, enlivening book. This is the work of a generous philosopher at the height of his powers stretching readers to the height of theirs."--Times Literary Supplement
About the Author
Robert Brandom is Distinguished Service Professor of Philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh, a fellow of the Center for the Philosophy of Science, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His interests centre on philosophy of language, philosophy of mind, and the philosophy of
logic. He has published more than 50 articles on these and related areas.
- Publisher : Oxford University Press; Illustrated edition (June 6, 2010)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 280 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0199585547
- ISBN-13 : 978-0199585540
- Item Weight : 13.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 0.6 x 6.1 x 9.1 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,912,746 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In particular, Brandom knew *nothing like* enough of the relevant computer science when this was composed and it shows: he is busily talking about things that are "recursively enumerable" and not sets, and his reference to the sophomore staple the Chomsky Hierarchy is badly bungled. Brandom ostensibly takes his concept of "bootstrapping" from the fact, which is obvious *and not portentous* when it is stated correctly, that programming languages which can be defined by a context-free grammar can *program* a computer virtually equivalent to a Turing Machine; Brandom's further statement that context-free grammars "define" Turing Machines in a way which "pragmatically" founds what TMs are, if stated without *confessedly* fake category-theoretic "diagrams", is too badly confused to be saved and he should *have known*.
Unlike the rest of the book, the idea that Kripke semantics "extensionalizes" intensional logic (a frequently-enough-made point) is not crazy and Brandom should have been able to make some satisfying point about it. Instead we are treated to wild-goose-chase rambling about how "incompatibility logic" ("naturally" equivalent to S5, the seeming "naturalness" of which indicates rookie-level modal logic expertise) is better than sliced bread and even has a Henkin semantics! When it comes time for the official topic, we are treated to cretinous "cybernetic" views of things like the human mind in its environment and learning which are simply too stupid to even harm.
Absolutely not worth the time.