2017, 240 S, Gb, (Wiley)
Robert Brandom is one of the most renowned American philosophers today, discussed widely in analytic as well as continental philosophical communities on both sides of the Atlantic. His innovative neo-pragmatist approach to linguistic communication combines major contributions to the philosophies of language and mind, epistemology, metaphysics, and logic with intriguing interpretations of historical philosophers such as Kant, Hegel, and Wittgenstein. Yet, due to its boldly unorthodox and highly technical nature, Brandom's theory can also be found daunting. In this accessible introduction, Ronald Loeffler provides a critical and clear-headed guide through the maze of Brandom's philosophy to date. He conveys the pioneering nature of Brandom's approach to language and communication with its unabashed appropriation of the German Idealistic tradition, and offers focused, sure-footed introductions to all major aspects of Brandom's thought, including Brandom's normative pragmatics and inferential role semantics and his theories of empirical knowledge, logical discourse, linguistic representation, and objectivity.