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Grounding ConceptsAn Empirical Basis for Arithmetical Knowledge$
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C. S. Jenkins

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199231577

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199231577.001.0001

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Final Remarks

Final Remarks

(p.258) Final Remarks
Grounding Concepts

Caroline Jenkins (Contributor Webpage)

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This final chapter is concerned with the relevance of the current project to other areas of philosophy, and some ways in which the ideas discussed warrant further research. Among other things, it argues that the notion of empirical grounding for concepts suggests a new way to defend the position known as empirical foundationalism, and points to an empiricist theory of meaningfulness which (unlike the logical positivists' version) considers the relation between sensory input and concepts (rather than that between experience and propositions) to be of primary importance. The possibility of a novel defence of the correspondence intuition in the theory of truth is also raised. The chapter concludes with some larger-scale reflections on the significance of the book's main thesis.

Keywords:   foundationalism, meaningfulness, logical positivism, truth, universals, the given

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