Motivating inferentialism: Comments on making it explicit (ch. 2)

Pragmatics and Cognition 13 (1):121-140 (2005)
Brandom¿s attempt to motivate inferentialism is found wanting on a number of grounds, including a skepticism about how much recommendation for inferentialism can be derived from the evident unsatisfactoriness of the representationalism Brandom contrasts it with, which seems to be a straw man. Brandom¿s appeal to authorities (Sellars, Frege, Dummett) falls flat; in particular, his reading of Frege¿s early work as inferentialist in Brandom¿s sense is a misinterpretation. Given the programmatic character of Brandom¿s recommendation for inferentialism, the quality of the motivation he offers for it matters more than he has acknowledged.
Keywords Inferentialism  Language  Representationalism  Brandom, Robert B  Frege, Gottlob
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