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Keeping track of individuals: Brandom's analysis of Kripke's puzzle and the content of belief

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Abstract

This paper gives attention to a special point in Brandom’s <i>Making it Explicit</i>. Brandom proposes in MIE a “Fregean” way out of Kripke’s puzzle about belief. In the first part, I analyze two main features of Brandom’s strategy, the definition of anaphoric chains as senses of proper names and the implausibility of the application of a disquotational principle to proper names. In the second part, I discuss (i) the problem of the stability of contents and (ii) the problem of sharing contents. I claim that Brandom’s strong holism leads to irresolvable difficulties with respect to the concept of conceptual content as it emerges from the discussion of Kripke’s puzzle.

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