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Between Saying and DoingTowards an Analytic Pragmatism$
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Robert B. Brandom

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199542871

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199542871.001.0001

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Extending the Project of Analysis

Extending the Project of Analysis

(p.1) 1 Extending the Project of Analysis
Between Saying and Doing

Robert B. Brandom (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents analytic philosophy as investigating semantic relations between target vocabularies, such as modal, normative, and intentional vocabularies; and favored base vocabularies, for instance empirical or naturalistic ones. It introduces the project of meaning-use analysis as a way of reconciling the classical project of analytic philosophy with pragmatist critiques of it. Meaning-use diagrams graphically display analytic relations between the meaning and use of a variety of vocabularies. In some important cases, pragmatic metavocabularies can be substantially expressively weaker than the vocabularies whose use they allow one to specify. This is pragmatic expressive bootstrapping. An example is given from computational linguistics. The project of semantic analysis of target vocabularies in terms of base vocabularies is enriched by setting pragmatically mediated semantic relations alongside such purely semantic relations as definition, paraphrase, translation, entailment, reduction, truth-making, and supervenience, on which the analytic tradition has hitherto focused.

Keywords:   meaning, use, semantics, analytic philosophy, pragmatism, vocabulary, empiricism, naturalism

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