Inferentialism: Why Rules Matter

2015.04.01 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Jaroslav Peregrin, Inferentialism: Why Rules Matter, Palgrave Macmillan, 2014, 277pp., $95.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781137452955.
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2015.04.01 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Jaroslav Peregrin, Inferentialism: Why Rules Matter, Palgrave Macmillan, 2014, 277pp., $95.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781137452955. Reviewed by Chauncey Maher, Dickinson College 'Regel' means rule, but it didn't have to mean that, or anything at all. According to inferentialism, 'Regel' and other words of natural languages have meanings because they have inferential roles; they have the specific meanings they do because they have the specific inferential roles they do. Jaroslav Peregrin articulates and defends a version of that idea, stressing (in Part I) the importance of rules, and highlighting (in Part II) how the idea applies to logical vocabulary and laws of logic. Inferentialism is a clear and helpful presentation of its namesake theory. It is a welcome complement to Robert Brandom's Articulating Reasons, an abbreviated form of his Making It Explicit, which are currently the most prominent and influential. . .

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