Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Between Saying and DoingTowards an Analytic Pragmatism$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

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

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (oxford.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 18 January 2021

Elaborating Abilities: The Expressive Role of Logic

Elaborating Abilities: The Expressive Role of Logic

(p.31) 2 Elaborating Abilities: The Expressive Role of Logic
Between Saying and Doing

Robert B. Brandom (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents a meaning-use analysis of the expressive role characteristic of logical vocabulary. In mastering the material inferences needed to deploy ordinary, non-logical vocabulary, one already knows how to do everything one needs to know how to do in order to deploy logical vocabulary. Also, logical vocabulary lets one explicitly say that an inference is good, an endorsement that without the use of logical vocabulary remains implicit in what one does. A resolution is offered of the analytic logicist's dilemma: how logical vocabulary can be both expressively useful and available to use in explicating other vocabularies. Automata are discussed as codifying how one set of abilities can be elaborated from another. An appendix discusses indexical vocabulary, as an example of pragmatic expressive bootstrapping.

Keywords:   logic, indexicals, automata, inference

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .