Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Robert Brandom "Making it Explicit"


Arriving in the mail today from Amazon.com was Robert Brandom's "Making it Explicit"... Upon observing the space the box took up in my mail box, I had assumed there was packaging material in the form of foam peanuts, bubble wrap (what have you) surrounding the book, acting as protection in shipment. Earlier this week (Monday) I had received two other books from Amazon, in this case Douglas Adams "Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency" and "The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul", both were in bubble wrap packaging.



But, well... There wasn't any bubble wrap, and there wasn't any peanuts - I had just ordered "War and Peace", except that it was curiously titled "Making it Explicit", by Robert Brandom, not Leo Tolstoy.

Preface, Page XXII:
"This is a long book. It's length is a consequence of the demands made by its governing methodological aspirations: to eschew representational primitives, to show how content is related to use, and to achieve self-referential expressive completeness."

Perhaps I'll have to put my previous enterprise of talking about the QMS on hold in order to plow through, and rummage over my thoughts on this thing.


Man over board!

14 comments:

  1. Hah! That's awesome.

    I think I saw it once at a library, and scurried away in fear. It's pretty much like God to me, creating that sense of awe pragmatists say we should probably get over.

    I started with his smaller introduction, Articulating Reasons, and found it hard going, but well worth it.

    Good luck!

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  2. I took some advice on a post of yours and started underlining, highlighting and making notes on things. But most of it's yellow now.

    I'm going to fumble over this thing like a 16 year old fumbling over a bra for the first time. More than likely I'll never get it undone, and just have to pry the damn thing up from the front - but no sooner after having that idea she'll push me away in complete rejection.

    From there I'll have to spend months taking her out on dates, asking questions, become engrossed and interested, maybe even getting a kiss here and there. But then at about the 5 month mark I'll find out that her and her family are some fundamentalist christian types, and have to drop the whole thing entirely as I'm not willing to make the 5 year commitment until she's 21, all the while proclaiming Christ as Lord and Savior (at least literally anyway).

    I'm gonna' try and stick it out though.

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  3. The brilliant part I've found about Brandom is that so many of his ideas are detachable. He's the systematic pragmatist Rorty never wanted to be, but some of his insights are so wonderfully displayed that you can just pick them up and start using them (which is what I've been doing on my blog).

    He's whorish is what I'm trying to say. He'll put out, and at the least you'll walk away with a bad case of the crabs.

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