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Article: Conceptual engineering, truth, and efficacy

TitleConceptual engineering, truth, and efficacy
Authors
KeywordsConceptual engineering
Conceptual analysis
Intuition
Explication
Issue Date2019
PublisherSpringer Verlag Dordrecht. The Journal's web site is located at http://springerlink.metapress.com/openurl.asp?genre=journal&issn=0039-7857
Citation
Synthese, 2019, Epub How to Cite?
AbstractTraditional views on philosophical methodology characterize our primary philosophical goal as production of a successful conceptual analysis. The notion of conceptual analysis, however, faces several challenges—from experimental philosophy to more traditional worries such as the paradox of analysis. This paper explores an alternate approach, commonly called conceptual engineering, which aims at recommending conceptual revisions. An important question for the conceptual engineer is as follows: what counts as a case of successful conceptual engineering? What sorts of revisions are permitted, and what sorts are too revisionary? In this paper I examine ‘functional’ approaches to conceptual engineering, ultimately arguing for a ‘radical’ functionalism according to which even revisions which ‘change the subject’ are permitted, and successful re-engineering is constrained only by the requirement that continuity in needed functions of a pre-engineering concept be maintained somewhere in the postengineering conceptual scheme. I further argue that this approach suggests a heightened role, in metaphilosophical discourse, for a neglected epistemic goal—conceptual efficacy.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/273204
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2017 Impact Factor: 1.034
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.703

 

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dc.contributor.authorNado, J-
dc.date.accessioned2019-08-06T09:24:28Z-
dc.date.available2019-08-06T09:24:28Z-
dc.date.issued2019-
dc.identifier.citationSynthese, 2019, Epub-
dc.identifier.issn0039-7857-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/273204-
dc.description.abstractTraditional views on philosophical methodology characterize our primary philosophical goal as production of a successful conceptual analysis. The notion of conceptual analysis, however, faces several challenges—from experimental philosophy to more traditional worries such as the paradox of analysis. This paper explores an alternate approach, commonly called conceptual engineering, which aims at recommending conceptual revisions. An important question for the conceptual engineer is as follows: what counts as a case of successful conceptual engineering? What sorts of revisions are permitted, and what sorts are too revisionary? In this paper I examine ‘functional’ approaches to conceptual engineering, ultimately arguing for a ‘radical’ functionalism according to which even revisions which ‘change the subject’ are permitted, and successful re-engineering is constrained only by the requirement that continuity in needed functions of a pre-engineering concept be maintained somewhere in the postengineering conceptual scheme. I further argue that this approach suggests a heightened role, in metaphilosophical discourse, for a neglected epistemic goal—conceptual efficacy.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherSpringer Verlag Dordrecht. The Journal's web site is located at http://springerlink.metapress.com/openurl.asp?genre=journal&issn=0039-7857-
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dc.rightsThis is a post-peer-review, pre-copyedit version of an article published in [insert journal title]. The final authenticated version is available online at: http://dx.doi.org/[insert DOI]-
dc.subjectConceptual engineering-
dc.subjectConceptual analysis-
dc.subjectIntuition-
dc.subjectExplication-
dc.titleConceptual engineering, truth, and efficacy-
dc.typeArticle-
dc.identifier.emailNado, J: nado@hku.hk-
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dc.identifier.doi10.1007/s11229-019-02096-x-
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