Recently I asked the author about what he was reading. Steinberger's reply:
I am currently reading – actually for the second time, but this time far more closely – Robert Brandom’s Articulating Reasons: An Introduction to Inferentialism. If the world of modern philosophy has long been divided into two quite distinct camps that pay very little attention to one another – “analytic” and “continental” respectively – Brandom is, along with others in the so-called “Pittsburgh School” such as Wilfrid Sellars and John McDowell, one of the very few analytic philosophers who has been seriously interested in and influenced by the continental tradition. While I myself am a political philosopher rather than a philosopher per se, my approach, like Brandom’s, is to consider a range of continental materials from a (roughly) analytic perspective. Moreover, for many years my work has also been deeply committed to something that seems to me rather like Brandom’s inferentialism according to which both claims and intelligible actions are embedded in, and to be understood in light of, larger structures of metaphysical presupposition that manifest themselves in more or less shared conceptual systems. Articulating Reasons is a presented as a brief and more accessible version of Brandom’s major work, Making it Explicit; but while it is indeed much shorter and less technical than the larger book, its accessibility is not of a sort that would or should attract the general reader – or so I think.Learn more about The Problem with God at the Columbia University Press website.
I’m also reading, at bedtime, a mystery by Fred Vargas entitled Sans feu ni lieu. I like mystery novels a lot and my French friends have long recommended Vargas – who is, by the way, a woman, not a man. So far, it’s pretty good.
None of this, by the way, has whole lot to do with The Problem With God – a book that’s very different in all kinds of ways from anything that I’ve done previously.