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Thick Concepts

Simon Kirchin


There seems to be an interesting difference between judging someone to be good and judging them to be kind. Both judgements are typically positive, but the latter seems to offer more description of the person: we get a slightly more specific sense of what they are like. Very general evaluative concepts are referred to as thin concepts, whilst more specific ones are termed thick concepts. Examples of the former include good, bad, right and wrong, whilst there are countless examples of the latter: brave, rude, gracious, wicked, sympathetic, mean. Marking this distinction opens up some interestin ... More

Keywords:  ,  , aesthetics, description, epistemology, ethics, evaluation, reasons, thick concepts, thin concepts

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199672349
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199672349.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Simon Kirchin, editor
University of Kent