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Inferentialism: inferentialism is the view that the meanings or contents of our expressions are derived from conclusions, in contrast to the thesis that meanings must come from experiences. See also hyper-inferentialism, rationalism, empiricism, foundation, representation.
Annotation: The above characterizations of concepts are neither definitions nor exhausting presentations of problems related to them. Instead, they are intended to give a short introduction to the contributions below. – Lexicon of Arguments.

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Robert Brandom on Inferentialism - Dictionary of Arguments

I 205
Inferentialism/BrandomVs: the following varieties: 1) content construed only as representation
2) quality of the inference only formal
3) rationality only instruments (purpose-means-justification).
Brandom: Thesis: In favor of strong inferentialism, VsHyper-inferentialism: according to which the inferential structure is always sufficient for the content. >Content
II 45
Definition weak inferentialism: inferential structure is a necessary element for defining the conceptual.
Definition strong inferentialism: an ample inferential structure is sufficient to explain the conceptual content.
Definition Hyper-inferentialism: a closely understood inferential structure is sufficient - Definition ample (considering the circumstances, not only subject).
Thesis: here a strong inferentialism is represented - closer to holism than to atomism. >Holism, >Atomism.
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Newen I 165
VsBrandom/Newen/Schrenk: A: how can inferentialism explain the compositionality? - "It is set to full sentences, because there are inferences between them".
Solution/Brandom: distinction singular term/predicate - B: how does it explain reference and truth? >Singular terms, >Predicates.
Newen I 166
ad B: Reference/Brandom: Formation of equivalence classes of sentences whose position in the network of inferences remains intact when terms are replaced by coreferential terms.
Truth/Brandom: twists the definition in a way that truth characterizes the inferential concept. - For this purpose, he looks at the position of sentences starting with "It is true" in our network of inferences.

Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution. Translations: Dictionary of Arguments
The note [Concept/Author], [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] resp. "problem:"/"solution:", "old:"/"new:" and "thesis:" is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.

Bra I
R. Brandom
Making it exlicit. Reasoning, Representing, and Discursive Commitment, Cambridge/MA 1994
German Edition:
Expressive Vernunft Frankfurt 2000

Bra II
R. Brandom
Articulating reasons. An Introduction to Inferentialism, Cambridge/MA 2001
German Edition:
Begründen und Begreifen Frankfurt 2001

New II
Albert Newen
Analytische Philosophie zur Einführung Hamburg 2005

Newen I
Albert Newen
Markus Schrenk
Einführung in die Sprachphilosophie Darmstadt 2008

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