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Illustrations: Conceptual Engineering in Philosophy and Beyond

Herman Cappelen

in Fixing Language: An Essay on Conceptual Engineering

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780198814719
eISBN:
9780191852404
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198814719.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

This chapter considers a wide range of examples of conceptual engineering, both within and outside of philosophy, and then provides a taxonomy of conceptual engineering. Section I provides a range of ... More


The Worldliness of Conceptual Engineering

Herman Cappelen

in Fixing Language: An Essay on Conceptual Engineering

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780198814719
eISBN:
9780191852404
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198814719.003.0012
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

This chapter defends the initially radical sounding idea that conceptual engineering involves engineering the world. According to the author’s view, conceptual engineering is not about the concept of ... More


Varieties of Conceptual Engineering

Herman Cappelen

in Fixing Language: An Essay on Conceptual Engineering

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780198814719
eISBN:
9780191852404
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198814719.003.0013
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

Chapter 2 gave an overview of the varieties of conceptual engineering. This chapter shows how the tools of the Austerity Framework enable us gain a greater understanding of the different kinds of ... More


Introduction to Conceptual Engineering

Herman Cappelen

in Fixing Language: An Essay on Conceptual Engineering

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780198814719
eISBN:
9780191852404
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198814719.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

This book is about the process of assessing and improving our representational devices. This first chapter introduces the process of assessing and improving our representational devices, an activity ... More


On the Importance of a General Theory and an Overview of the Austerity Framework

Herman Cappelen

in Fixing Language: An Essay on Conceptual Engineering

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780198814719
eISBN:
9780191852404
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198814719.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

In this chapter we take a step back and consider what we’ve seen so far and talk a bit about the methodology which will inform the remainder of the book. In particular, it argues that it’s a ... More


Some Metaphilosophical Issues

Matti Eklund

in Choosing Normative Concepts

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780198717829
eISBN:
9780191787331
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198717829.003.0010
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This chapter discusses three metaphilosophical issues. First, the themes that have been the focus of the discussion relate to the trend of considering conceptual engineering, or conceptual ethics: ... More


Arguments for the Importance of Conceptual Engineering and Implications for Philosophical Methodology

Herman Cappelen

in Fixing Language: An Essay on Conceptual Engineering

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780198814719
eISBN:
9780191852404
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198814719.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

This chapter turns to some arguments for the importance of conceptual engineering, before considering the relation between it and some views in philosophical methodology. The first argument, the ... More


Metasemantics, Metasemantic Superstructure, and Metasemantic Base

Herman Cappelen

in Fixing Language: An Essay on Conceptual Engineering

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780198814719
eISBN:
9780191852404
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198814719.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

This chapter introduces the topic of metasemantics, developing a distinction between a metasemantic base and a metasemantic superstructure. Conceptual engineering is concerned with the meanings of ... More


Fixing Language: An Essay on Conceptual Engineering

Herman Cappelen

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780198814719
eISBN:
9780191852404
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198814719.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

Fixing Language is a book about ways in which language (and other representational devices) can be defective and improved. In all parts of philosophy there are philosophers who criticize the concepts ... More


Externalist Conceptual Engineering

Herman Cappelen

in Fixing Language: An Essay on Conceptual Engineering

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780198814719
eISBN:
9780191852404
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198814719.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

This chapter continues to consider some foundational semantic issues important for the author’s theory, and for conceptual engineering in general. It argues that conceptual engineering is not—despite ... More


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