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date: 20 February 2020

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The term ‘inferentialism’ was coined by Robert Brandom, as a name for his own sweeping and ambitious philosophical doctrine, which drew strongly on the ideas of Brandom’s mentor Wilfrid Sellars. It may be characterized as the conviction that to be meaningful, in the distinctively human way, or to possess ‘conceptual content’, is to be governed by a certain kind of inferential rules. However, Brandomian inferentialism can be seen as a culmination of certain trends already latent within both logic and philosophy of language since the outset of modern logic and analytic philosophy. The rationale for articulating inferentialism as a fully-fledged philosophical position is to emphasize its distinctness from the more traditional representationalism. This chapter deals with inferentialism and normativity, inferentialism vs. representationalism, inferentialist trends in classical analytic philosophy, proof theory and logical inferentialism, meaning and normativity, and the normative innervation of the human world.

Keywords: inferentialism, Robert Brandom, analytic philosophy, Wilfrid Sellars, normativity, representationalism, proof theory, logic, meaning, human world

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