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Another collection of fascinating essays by one of contemporary philosophy's deepest thinkers. Robert Brandom is almost unique in our generation in combining an illuminating, syncretic, historical perspective, with a highly original and often richly detailed extension of the tradition about which he writes so well. (Huw Price, University of Sydney)

Robert Brandom is the preeminent pragmatic thinker of his generation. Here, he traces the roots of pragmatism back to Kant and Hegel; argues that it has been developed by Heidegger, Wittgenstein, and the "classical" American pragmatists (Peirce, James, and Dewey); and further refined by such neo-pragmatists as Sellars, Rorty, and Putnam. His interpretations are frequently controversial, but always thought-provoking. Against this rich tradition, he hones his own version of a linguistic analytic pragmatism. Anyone interested in pragmatism in all its varieties, the state of contemporary debate about pragmatism, or Brandom's own ambitious philosophic project, will find this book invaluable. (Richard J. Bernstein, New School for Social Research)

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

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  • Hardcover: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press (October 10, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0674058089
  • ISBN-13: 978-0674058088
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.1 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Very few living philosophers come close to Brandom's breadth and depth. This perception of mine, based on his earlier books is fully confirmed by this one, a collection of recent essays on pragmatism and pragmatists. I only regret that Brandom learned to write his philosophical prose reading Hegel and Heidegger, rather than Berkeley or Hobbes. For someone who writes in English, those are not good paradigms.
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