Present doldrums, pleasant prospects: Philosophy early in the new century

Philosophy and Social Criticism 33 (1):15-34 (2007)
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Joseph Margolis
Temple University
Abstract
s effort to examine the prospects of inferentialism (inspired by Wilfrid Sellars’ work) is examined in terms of the uncertainties of contemporary philosophy and Brandom’s reading of selected prominent figures in the history of philosophy. The very idea of there being anything like a set of rules governing non-deductive inference (inferentialism) is problematic; so is Brandom’s reading of the figures he has selected in order to illuminate his own proposal along historical lines. We never quite learn how inferentialism bears on the trajectory of Eurocentric philosophy and what the corrective is that Brandom advocates. Key Words: concept • history • inferentialism • postmodernism • pragmatism • rule.
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DOI 10.1177/0191453707071391
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