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The Son and the Daughter: On Sellars, Brandom, and Millikan<sup>*</sup>

Ruth Garret Millikan

in Language: A Biological Model

Published in print August 2005 | ISBN: 9780199284764
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603167 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199284768.003.0004
 						The Son and the Daughter: On Sellars, Brandom, and Millikan*

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The positions of Brandom and Millikan are compared with respect to their common origins in the works of Wilfrid Sellars and Wittgenstein. Millikan takes more seriously the “picturing” themes from Sellars and Wittgenstein. Brandom follows Sellars more closely in deriving the normativity of language from social practice, although there are also hints of a possible derivation from evolutionary theory in Sellars. An important claim common to Brandom and Millikan is that there are no representations without function or “attitude”.

Keywords: Wilfrid Sellars; Wittgenstein; Robert Brandom; Ruth Millikan; linguistic norms; normativity; semantics

Chapter.  5394 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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