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A “Pragmatist” among Disputed Pragmatists: Robert Brandom’s Between Saying and Doing: Towards an Analytic Pragmatism

A “Pragmatist” among Disputed Pragmatists: Robert Brandom’s Between Saying and Doing: Towards an... Contemporary Pragmatism Vol. 6, No. 1 (June 2009), 183­195 Editions Rodopi © 2009 Robert Brandom's book Between Saying and Doing: Towards an Analytic Pragmatism does not incorporate the larger views of any of the "pragmatisms" he deliberately invokes, such as those of the classical American pragmatists, apart from an "analytic" cohort of Wittgenstein-inspired pragmatisms that he himself favors. Robert Brandom's Between Saying and Doing (2008) is a strenuous but rewarding book: not exactly what unguarded readers might expect but fair enough, given Brandom's use of such terms as "pragmatic," "pragmatics," "analytic pragmatism." Brandom does not attempt to extend, here, the innovations of classic American pragmatism or the mode of analysis of figures like Dewey or the later Wittgenstein or Kuhn ­ or Hegel, for that matter ­ all of whom he reads as "pragmatists" of a sort congenial to his intended contribution to formal semantics (familiar from the work of Frege, Tarski, Sellars, Kripke, David Lewis and others) extended (here) by attention to the "pragmatics" or "the proprieties [of the] use [of linguistic expressions beyond what counts as the analysis of] the "meanings of expressions" (p. xii). Brandom does indeed name the enlarged account "analytic pragmatism"; but thus http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Contemporary Pragmatism Brill

A “Pragmatist” among Disputed Pragmatists: Robert Brandom’s Between Saying and Doing: Towards an Analytic Pragmatism

Contemporary Pragmatism , Volume 6 (1): 183 – Apr 21, 2009

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© Copyright 2009 by Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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Contemporary Pragmatism Vol. 6, No. 1 (June 2009), 183­195 Editions Rodopi © 2009 Robert Brandom's book Between Saying and Doing: Towards an Analytic Pragmatism does not incorporate the larger views of any of the "pragmatisms" he deliberately invokes, such as those of the classical American pragmatists, apart from an "analytic" cohort of Wittgenstein-inspired pragmatisms that he himself favors. Robert Brandom's Between Saying and Doing (2008) is a strenuous but rewarding book: not exactly what unguarded readers might expect but fair enough, given Brandom's use of such terms as "pragmatic," "pragmatics," "analytic pragmatism." Brandom does not attempt to extend, here, the innovations of classic American pragmatism or the mode of analysis of figures like Dewey or the later Wittgenstein or Kuhn ­ or Hegel, for that matter ­ all of whom he reads as "pragmatists" of a sort congenial to his intended contribution to formal semantics (familiar from the work of Frege, Tarski, Sellars, Kripke, David Lewis and others) extended (here) by attention to the "pragmatics" or "the proprieties [of the] use [of linguistic expressions beyond what counts as the analysis of] the "meanings of expressions" (p. xii). Brandom does indeed name the enlarged account "analytic pragmatism"; but thus

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Published: Apr 21, 2009

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