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Reason in Philosophy Animating Ideas

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ISBN-10: 067403449X

ISBN-13: 9780674034495

Edition: 2009

Authors: Robert B. Brandom

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Transcendentalism never came to an end in America. It just went underground for a stretch, but is back in full force in Robert Brandomrsquo;s new book. Brandom takes up Kant and Hegel and explores their contemporary significance as if little time had expired since intellectuals gathered around Emerson in Concord to discuss reason and idealism, selves, freedom, and community. Brandomrsquo;s discussion belongs to a venerable tradition that distinguishes us as rational animals, and philosophy by its concern to understand, articulate, and explain the notion of reason that is thereby cast in that crucial demarcating role.An emphasis on our capacity to reason, rather than merely to represent, has been growing in philosophy over the last thirty years, and Robert Brandom has been at the center of this development. Reason in Philosophy is the first book that gives a succinct overview of his understanding of the role of reason as the structure at once of our minds and our meanings-what constitutes us as free, responsible agents. The job of philosophy is to introduce concepts and develop expressive tools for expanding our self-consciousness as sapients: explicit awareness of our discursive activity of thinking and acting, in the sciences, politics, and the arts. This is a paradigmatic work of contemporary philosophy.
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Book details

List price: $36.50
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 10/1/2009
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 248
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Jack M. Balkin is Knight Professor of Constitutional Law and the First Amendment at Yale Law School, where he is also director of the Information Society Project. He lectures widely at universities in America and abroad, and he makes his home in New Haven, Connecticut.Robert B. Brandom is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and Fellow of the Center for Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Animating Ideas of Idealism: A Semantic Sonata in Kant and Hegel
Norms, Selves, and Concepts
Autonomy, Community, and Freedom
History, Reason, and Reality
Reason and Philosophy Today
Reason, Expression, and the Philosophic Enterprise
Philosophy and the Expressive Freedom of Thought
Why Truth Is Not Important in Philosophy
Three Problems with the Empiricist Conception of Concepts
How Analytic Philosophy Has Failed Cognitive Science
Name Index
Subject Index