Truth and objectivity in conceptual engineering

Sawyer, Sarah (2019) Truth and objectivity in conceptual engineering. Inquiry. ISSN 0020-174X (Accepted)

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Abstract

Paradigm cases of conceptual engineering involve topic preservation through semantic change. The challenge (known as Strawson's challenge) is to explain how this is possible. In previous work, I have responded to the challenge by advocating an externalist metasemantic framework that distinguishes the linguistic meaning of a term from the concept the term expresses. In this paper I argue that the topics of interest to conceptual engineers are underpinned by objective properties and that in conceptual engineering we aim for truth. I then go on to argue against proposals by Herman Cappelen and by Derek Ball.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Conceptual engineering; content externalism; meaning; Strawson's challenge; Herman Cappelen; Derek Ball.
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)
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Depositing User: Sarah Sawyer
Date Deposited: 31 Oct 2019 10:49
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2019 14:15
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/87644

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