Talk and thought

Sawyer, Sarah (2020) Talk and thought. In: Burgess, Alexis, Cappelen, Herman and Plunkett, David (eds.) Conceptual engineering and conceptual ethics. Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp. 379-395. ISBN 9780198801856

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This paper provides an externalist account of talk and thought that clearly distinguishes the two. It is argued that linguistic meanings and concepts track different phenomena and have different explanatory roles. The distinction, understood along the lines proposed, brings theoretical gains in a cluster of related areas. It provides an account of meaning change which accommodates the phenomenon of contested meanings and the possibility of substantive disagreement across theoretical divides, and it explains the nature and value of conceptual engineering in a way that addresses recent prominent concerns.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: Conceptual engineering; externalism; mind; language; philosophy; concepts; linguistic meaning.
Schools and Departments: School of History, Art History and Philosophy > Philosophy
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General) > B0105 Special topics, A-Z > B0105.M4 Meaning
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General) > B0105 Special topics, A-Z > B0105.T54 Thought and thinking
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Depositing User: Sarah Sawyer
Date Deposited: 26 Sep 2019 11:25
Last Modified: 07 Feb 2020 15:46

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