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Fixing language : an essay on conceptual engineering

Author: Herman Cappelen
Publisher: Oxford, United Kingdom ; New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2018.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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Herman Cappelen investigates how language and other representational devices can go wrong, and how to fix them. We use language to understand and talk about the world, but what if our language has deficiencies that prevent it from playing that role? How can we revise our concepts, and what are the limits on revision?
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Herman Cappelen
ISBN: 9780198814719 0198814712
OCLC Number: 1005880448
Description: x, 212 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction to conceptual engineering --
Towards a general theory I: Metasemantic foundations --
Towards a general theory II: Topic continuity as the limits of revision --
Towards a general theory III: Worldiness and the varieties of conceptual engineering --
Part V: Compare and contrast: Alternative accounts of conceptual engineering .
Responsibility: Herman Cappelen.

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Herman Cappelen's Fixing Language is a fascinating book, chock-full of provocative arguments, on what is fast becoming a (the?) central topic in metaphilosophy: conceptual engineering. [ . . . ] It Read more...

 
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