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Farewell to Objectivity: A Critique of Brandom

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I argue that Brandom's account of inconsistency in terms of the pragmatic notion of incompatibility, as originally set out in his Making It Explicit(1994) and defended in Articulating Reasons(2000), has the absurd consequence that all true claims are warranted. This is in obvious conflict with our ordinary conception of truth as objective, which is what Brandom intends to capture. My proof proceeds from two principles, extracted from Making It Explicit, that govern the notions of commitment and entitlement in terms of which the notion of incompatibility is being defined. If either of these principles is rejected, it will no longer be clear what the content of Brandom's thesis is.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.0031-8094.2001.00226.x

Affiliations: Freie Universit├Ąt Berlin

Publication date: April 1, 2001

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