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What would something unlike us - a computer, for example - have to be able to do to qualify as a possible knower, like us? To answer this question at the very heart of our sense of ourselves, philosophers have long focused on intentionality and have looked to language as a key to this condition. "Making It Explicit" is an investigation into the nature of language - the social practices that distinguish us as rational, logical creatures - that revises the very terms of this inquiry. Where accounts of the relation between language and mind have traditionally rested on the concept of representation, this book sets out an alternate approach based on inference, and on a conception of certain kinds of implicit assessment that become explicit in language. "Making It Explicit" attempts to work out in detail a theory that renders linguistic "meaning" in terms of "use" - in short, to explain how semantic content can be conferred on expressions and attitudes that are suitably caught up in social practices. At the centre of this enterprise is a notion of discursive commitment. Being able to talk - and so in the fullest sense being able to think - is a matter of mastering the practices that govern such commitments, being able to keep track of one's own commitments and those of others. Assessing the pragmatic signficance of speech acts is a matter of explaining the explicit in terms of the implicit. As he traces the inferential structure of the social practices within which things can be made conceptually explicit, the author defines the distinctively expressive role of logical vocabulary. This expressive account of language, mind and logic is, finally, an account of who "we" are.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780674543300
ISBN-10: 0674543300
Format: Paperback
(235mm x 162mm x mm)
Pages: 768
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 30-Oct-1998
Country of Publication: United States

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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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