Monday, October 18, 2010

Stealing Brandom

I was just out at a small coffee shop reading Brandom's most recent book on Reason in Philosophy. I got up for get a refill on my coffee, and foolishly (as it turns out) left my book on the table where I was sitting. When I got back to the table (maybe 2 minutes later), the Brandom book was gone!

That's right: someone stole a Robert Brandom book. I also had on the table an almost-new copy of Putnam's Reason, Truth, and History, which was untouched.

What are the appropriate inferences?

13 comments:

imipolex_g-unit said...

Who would steal a philosophy book, but *not* Putnam's Reason, Truth, and History? I think we can narrow the suspects down to the Brain in the Vat and the Cat on the Mat.

Anonymous said...

The clientele at that coffee shop have excellent taste.
You seem to have good taste in coffee shops.
From the data presented, I can't draw inferences about your taste in philosophy books.

Glaucon said...

The most appropriate inferences are (1) that you did not have a copy of All Known Metal Bands on the table, (2) the thief suffers from acute barbaphilia, and (3) the thief is an ethicist.

Anonymous said...

I think we can infer that the thief hasn't read any of Brandom's earlier works, because if he or she had he or she would know that Brandom just repeats himself over and over again, and wouldn't bother...

Anonymous said...

You drink coffee that can be refilled?

Anonymous said...

Maybe someone thought 'There's that Prof, he can afford to lose that book, which I cannot afford to buy, therefore I will redistribute some of his wealth to myself...'

Anonymous said...

Sometimes coffee shops provide books and magazines for the clientele to read. Someone might have glanced over, seen your books sitting on the table and thought that was the case, so picked it up to read whilst waiting. Have you tried going back to ask whether the book has been handed in?

Anonymous said...

I think Spiros is full of it. No one would steal such a book.

Anonymous said...

I too think Spiros is full of it. No one -- not even Spiros -- would read such a book

Anonymous said...

I am the thief. I will return it to you, Spiros, when I have finished correcting the mistakes.

The Brooks Blog said...

I'm with Glaucon. Nor did you leave Dave Mustaine's new autobiography on the table...

Anonymous said...

Such Brandom acts of malfeasance!! Forsooth!!

Anonymous said...

Clearly someone was interested in protecting you from mental contamination. You should thank them.