Tradition and conceptual dynamics according to an inferentialist theory of meaning

Ariel Furstenberg*

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In this article I develop a conceptual dynamical account from an inferentialist theory of meaning and content; thus illuminating the connection between conceptual dynamics and tradition. The inferentialist theory taken into account here is that of Robert Brandom. While expanding on Brandom's notion of scorekeeping, I claim that insufficiency, and sometimes even inability, to differentiate and navigate between past heritage and present discourse is of the essence of highly traditional discourses; creating a unique type of conceptual dynamics which is commonplace mainly within religious traditional discourses. This claim is supported by a case study from a Jewish traditional discourse.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)221-241
Number of pages21
JournalEuropean Journal for Philosophy of Religion
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2016

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