I thought I’d follow a couple of lengthy posts by a shorter post with a much better signal-to-noise ratio. Over at Brain Hammer, a blog I stumbled upon via Philosophy of Brains, there is a link to a review by Dennett of Brandom’s Making It Explicit. I skimmed it and it looks quite good. Dennett agrees with Brandom on a surprising amount. One of the things Dennett criticizes is Brandom’s “flight from naturalism.” This was particularly interesting since Brandom just taught a class on philosophical naturalism in which I got a much better sense of his position. There is some good stuff in there about the role of communities in meaning, interpretation, and intentionality in non-linguistic creatures. The link to Dennett’s article is here.