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Wandering Significance: An Essay on Conceptual Behaviour

Mark Wilson


The book's discussion is divided into two parts. Chapters 1-5 trace the unnoticed yet occasionally harmful role that uncritical thinking about ‘concepts’ plays within our practical life, whether in guiding scientific progress or simply in the management of our everyday affairs. The motivations central to classical conceptual traditionalists (such as Bertrand Russell) and neo-pragmatic holists (such as W. V. Quine) are sympathetically presented, but it is nonetheless argued that some middle route between these philosophical centres needs to be found. The purpose of the survey of the initial cha ... More

Keywords: concept, attribute, rule following, rigor, facade, theory, classical picture, pragmatism, semantics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780199269259
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199269259.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark Wilson, author
University of Pittsburgh
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