Tales of the Mighty Dead
Historical Essays in the Metaphysics of Intentionality
By (author) Robert B. Brandom
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Tales of the Mighty Dead by Robert B. Brandom
Book DescriptionA work in the history of systematic philosophy that is itself animated by a systematic philosophic aspiration, this book by one of the most prominent American philosophers working today provides an entirely new way of looking at the development of Western philosophy from Descartes to the present. Brandom begins by setting out an historical context and outlining a methodological rationale for his enterprise. Then, in chapters on Spinoza, Leibniz, Hegel, Frege, Heidegger and Sellars, he pursues the most fundamental philosophical issues concerning intentionality, and therefore mindedness itself, revealing an otherwise invisible set of overlapping themes and explanatory strategies. Variously functionalist, inferentialist, holist, normative and social pragmatist in character, the explanations of intentionality offered by these philosophers, taken together, form a distinctive tradition. The fresh perspective afforded by this tradition enriches our understanding of the philosophical topics being addressed, provides a new conceptual vantage point for viewing our philosophical ancestors, and highlights central features of the sort of rationality that consists in discerning a philosophical tradition - and it does so by elaborating a novel, concrete instance of just such an enterprise.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780674009035
(235mm x 155mm x 35mm)
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 3-Dec-2002
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Robert B. Brandom
From Empiricism to Expressivism, Hardback (January 2015)
Wilfrid Sellars ranks as one of the leading critics of empiricism--a philosophical approach to knowledge that seeks to ground it in human sense experience. Robert Brandom clarifies what Sellars had in mind when he talked about moving analytic philosophy from its Humean to its Kantian phase and why such a move might be of crucial importance today.
Reason in Philosophy, Paperback (September 2013)
Transcendentalism never came to an end in America. It just went underground for a stretch. An emphasis on our capacity to reason, rather than merely to represent, has been growing in philosophy over the last thirty years, and the author has been at the center of this development. This is a paradigmatic work of contemporary philosophy.
Perspectives on Pragmatism, Hardback (October 2011)
Pragmatism has been reinvented in every generation since its beginnings in the late nineteenth century. This book, by one of our most distinguished heirs of pragmatist philosophy, rereads cardinal figures in that tradition, distilling from their insights a way forward and closing with a clear description of the author's own analytic pragmatism.
Between Saying and Doing, Paperback (April 2010)» View all books by Robert B. Brandom
Between Saying and Doing aims to reconcile pragmatism with analytic philosophy. Robert Brandom investigates the relations between the meaning of linguistic expressions (logical, indexical, modal, normative, and intentional, among others) and their use. He offers new ways of thinking about empiricism, naturalism, and functionalism.
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Author Biography - Robert B. Brandom
Robert B. Brandom is Distinguished Professor in the Department of Philosophy, University of Pittsburgh.
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