Robert Brandom is one of the most influential and innovative philosophers in the world. He studied under the late Richard Rorty and like his teacher he has made a career out of integrating analytic philosophy (Wittgenstein, Sellers, Dummett and McDowell) classical pragmatism (Pierce, James and Dewey), and continental philosophy (Leibniz, Kant, Hegel, Heiddegger and Habermas) so as to render explicit what is implicit in our rational and normative practices.
In a 1999 interview, when asked what he has learned from his teacher, he stated that:
I have taken from Rorty the normative pragmatist insight that all matters of authority and responsibility are ultimately matters of social practice, and never matters of ontology (that is, never just a matter of how things in fact are in the nonhuman world).
In the interview below he discusses discursive scorekeeping, normativity, and Hegel’s master-slave dialectic. In part 2 of the interview he explains the relationship between Kant’s and Hegel’s respective accounts of normativity and how the latter advanced beyond the former. Many Brandom resources are available at his personal website: http://www.pitt.edu/~rbrandom/
Brandom is currently completing a book on Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit titled, A Spirit of Trust, draft chapters of which can be found here. As any good student of Hegel I am excited to read the final version of this work, but for those who just want a light taste of Brandom’s analytic pragmatic interpretation of Hegel’s Phenomenology I recommend reading his excellent but relatively short essay,”Some Pragmatist Themes in Hegel’s Idealism: Negotiation and Administration in Hegel’s Account of the Structure and Content of Conceptual Norms”