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From Empiricism to Expressivism
Author: Robert B. Brandom

ISBN: 9780674187283
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 266
Published: 22 December 2014
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.6 x 16.0 x 3.6
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The American philosopher Wilfrid Sellars ranks as one of the leading twentieth-century critics of empiricism-a philosophical approach to knowledge that seeks to ground it in human sense experience. Sellars stood in the forefront of a recoil within analytic philosophy from the foundationalist assumptions of contemporary empiricists. From Empiricism to Expressivism is a far-reaching reinterpretation of Sellars from one of the philosopher's most brilliant intellectual heirs.



Unifying and extending Sellars's most important ideas, Robert Brandom constructs a theory of pragmatic expressivism which, in contrast to empiricism, understands meaning and knowledge in terms of the role expressions play in social practices. The key lies in Sellars's radical reworking of Kant's idea of the categories: the idea that the expressive job characteristic of many of the most important philosophical concepts is not to describe or explain the empirical world but rather to make explicit essential features of the conceptual framework that makes description and explanation possible.



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