﻿ Robert Brandom on Predicates - Dictionary of Arguments

# Dictionary of Arguments

Predicates, philosophy, logic: predicates are symbols that can stand in logical formulas for properties. In fact, not every predicate stands for a property, since it has contradictory predicates, but no contradictory properties. For example, one can think of a predicate "squaround" for "square and round", that is, two properties that exclude each other. One can then truthfully say "Nothing is squaround". There are therefore more predicates than properties. See also round square, scheme characters, quantification, 2nd level logic, predication, attributes, adjectives.

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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.

Author Item Summary Meta data
I 544
Predicates are the sentence frame, its content is determined by the set of asymmetric SMSICs
(> Predicates/Frege).
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I 943
Definition predicate/Brandom: here: equivalence class of substitutionally equivalent sentences.
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I 533
Predicate/Brandom: no equivalence class - it therefore selects no objects - SMSIC for predicates asymmetrical - structural similarities.
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I 563/4
Predicates/Brandom: cannot be eliminated, expressively essential - e.g. "whatever is, is moving".
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I 572
Predicate/Brandom: essential asymmetry - problem: the difference between e.g. "Brutus killed Caesar" and "Caesar killed Brutus" cannot yet be ascertained - therefore, one must understand the predicates (T > S) but not their role as functions or as frames.

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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.
The note [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] 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

> Counter arguments against Brandom

Ed. Martin Schulz, access date 2019-05-23